The Quad 30 Campaign

3352 Knollwood
West Bend, WI 53095

Quad 30 Happenings

Home Page
Bird Checklist
Other Checklists
Where's Noel?
Bird of the Day
Daily Journal
Tomorrow's Weather
Pledge Form
Important Bird Areas

Breeding Bird Survey
  Fact Sheet

Fund Raising
Strange Happenings
Media Coverage
Quad 30 Strange Happenings

Odd Occurrences
Some things can only happen on a Quad 30 Campaign


May 31, 2004

"You Ought to be in Pictures..."

Through the years I've been asked questions about what I'm doing during a BBS, asked questions about directions to a certain location, quizzed for who knows the reason why, asked to show identification, shouted at, honked at, asked if I'm lost, asked if I need help (the most common reason for a conversation), but the Lockport, OH count provided a new experience. I was videotaped! While stopped almost in front of someone's residence, I was listening and looking in the opposite direction, and when I turned toward the house, there was a fellow standing on the stoop by the front door with a video recorder pointed in my direction. I'm sure he now has tape of my car, my license plate, and of me. I sure hope there are no break-ins in the neighborhood in the near future.


June 2, 2004

            A brief comment...

While eating my 2 pancakes (high rating of 8.5 on scale of 1-10) and coffee at Abell's in Elkhorn following completion of Paris route (and on way to MN), overheard from a group of about 8 older but still working men at a coffee clutch type of setting.

"Yea, Bill runs up high cell phone bills, but then he changes cell phones more often than his underwear!"


June 8, 2004

            A sad story...

As I passed Eli Lake following breakfast in Ortonville, I saw a creche of ducklings about 100' off-shore. I looked at them through my scope and confirmed they were Wood Ducks, however they were unattended in rather open water. I then spotted a roadkill about 100' ahead and saw that it was a freshly-killed female woodie. I'm just assuming the 10-12 ducklings (they were packed so closely I couldn't obtain an accurate count) belonged to the dead female. Since they were still quite small, I wonder what their fate will be.


June 9, 2004

            Half a fish story...

I've always been interested in road kills; you know DORs. I guess that is why I really concentrated during the year when Bill Mueller was collecting bird kill data for Wisconsin's highways. As I drove north after Wednesday's breakfast, I noted something in the road where it was close between 2 lakes. I hung a U turn, and the object turned out to the front half of a 10" brown bullhead. There was no room for a fisherman to be in this area, so where did it come from?


June 20, 2004

            Another surveyor?

Today at one of the early stops on the Ispeming, MI route, I was standing next to the car listening and watching during the 3-minute stop when I spied a snowshoe hare hopping around in the road probably 200 yards behind me. As I watched it started in my direction. I stood quietly as it continued at a slow lope. It seemed to not care that a car was parked in the right lane of the small black-topped county road and there was a big, bearded man standing next to it. I continued to watch until I stopped using binoculars and continued to watch as it loped past me in the opposite lane - neither fast nor slow, but at a steady pace. When the 3-minute-stop was finished, I proceeded down the road and passed the hare as it continued to lope down the road another fifth of a mile from where it had passed me. Where was it going?

     From Brian Borofka:
The snowshoe hare in Ishpeming was doing a BOS, or breeding ornithologist survey. I'm sure it had another route someplace further down the road the next day, or as as they say, hare today and gone tomorrow.