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Point au Sable Bird Survey: October 26, 2011

Josh Martinez and I conducted point counts at several Point Sable sites this morning. The sky was overcast and the wind speed was around 10 mph. There were quite a few ducks visible from the end of the Point but none were close enough to identify. The most exciting bird of the day was a Horned Grebe (Podiceps auritus) on the bay just off the outlet of Wequiock Creek. We also saw 3 Hermit Thrushes (Catharus guttatus), a Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) and several species of woodpecker including a very cooperative Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens; see photo). Overall, it was a very quiet morning for birding.


Horned Grebe

Distant Horned Grebe on the bay of Green Bay, October 26, 2011


Downy Woodpecker

Male Downy Woodpecker, Point au Sable, October 26, 2011.



  1. Hello! I live in Colombia and I am just starting to learn about birding. I have to say that it is fascinating and that I am very blessed to live here since we have more than 1872 native bird species. That makes of Colombia in South America one of the best destinations in the world to go bird watching. When you plan your next birding experience don’t forget to include 2-3 days in Colombia.
    Best regards to all,
    Andres Lobo-Guerrero

  2. Monarch ATB says...

    A gorgeous and very cooperative specimen! From how many feet away was the picture taken? Indeed a unique encounter for so late in the season.

    • Nicholas Walton says...

      I assume you’re referring to the Downy Woodpecker photo. When I photographed him, the bird was approximately 15 feet away and was working some shrubs at about eye level. In Wisconsin, Downy Woodpeckers are present year round. And Point Sable is a very good location to find most of WI’s woodpecker species.