birds on Milwaukee BIOME Project study sites this week

Topping the species list on BIOME Project study sites this week were a Summer Tanager, Hooded Warbler, and Philadelphia Vireo. Birds were rolling in with the fog this morning at Warnimont Park.


Birds on BIOME transects

Good diversity at the Kletzsch Park BIOME study site on 5-10-11, on a 21-minute transect:

1 Red-bellied Woodpecker

2 Downy Woodpecker

1 Blue-headed Vireo

3 Blue Jay

7 Black-capped Chickadee

1 White-breasted Nuthatch

1 House Wren

2 Winter Wren

1 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

3 Ruby-crowned Kinglet

1 Wood Thrush

6 American Robin

1 Gray Catbird

1 Nashville Warbler

1 Chestnut-sided Warbler

1 Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)

1 Black-throated Green Warbler

1 Blackburnian Warbler

2 Black-and-white Warbler

2 Ovenbird

3 Northern Waterthrush

1 Scarlet Tanager

3 Northern Cardinal

2 Rose-breasted Grosbeak

1 Red-winged Blackbird

1 Orchard Oriole

1 Baltimore Oriole

1 American Goldfinch

bird transects in the past few days have produced…

Birds seen in the past few days on BIOME Project transects have include d Yellow Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Yellow-rumped Warbler, many Ruby-crowned Kinglets, White-crowned Sparrows, House Wrens, Belted Kingfisher, and many Northern Flickers.

New spring transects

Owen and I have done transects this week – no unusual birds yet, but to-be-expected N. Flicker, Ruby-cr. Kinglets, Am. Robin. The Root River site is VERY flooded – but the water levels should go down soon.

Welcome to the start of another year for the Milwaukee BIOME Project! Check back with us here frequently for news and information about bird and bat monitoring on our study sites.

Join us!

We’re looking for experienced field ornithologists and birders to help us with transect counts again this fall. We’re also able to train people who may feel that they have some knowledge, but who may need additional skills or refinement of their existing skills. Volunteers are also welcome to join our bat monitoring program. To find out more about how to help, please contact Bill Mueller at, or Jenn Callaghan at

Moving into autumn

The Milwaukee BIOME (BIODiversity Monitoring and Education) Project is a group of eleven scientists, and dozens of volunteers. We study migratory birds and bats, and their ecology in Milwaukee County, Wisconsin. The BIOME Project is an outgrowth of the Milwaukee County Avian Migration Monitoring Project (MCAMMP), which continues its migratory bird stopover ecology studies. As of early 2010, we incorporated research on bats on our study sites. In the future, our intention is to build in additional research projects, focusing on other taxa. Welcome to our site – join us this autumn!