On Saturday, while doing a scouting trip for the Houston Festival of
Owls field trip that will be held on 3/6, I found 2 Killdeer in the open
water of the creek just south of the entrance to Wildcat Landing. This
spot is located on the east side of Hwy 26 about 1/2 mile south of
Brownsville (Houston County along the Mississippi). Spring is coming!!
Other highlights were dozens of Horned Larks, an Eastern Screech Owl,
and quite a few Bald Eagles and Red-tailed Hawks. The biggest
concentration of raptors were 30+ Bald Eagles standing around the edge
of a small hole of open water (caused by a spring) on the Mississippi
River. This spring is south of Hwy 14/61 between La Crosse and La
Crescent. It is located about half way between La Crescent and the west
channel bridge and is just east of the spot where Bonanza Foods was
located years ago (there is an area with several businesses on the south
side of Hwy 14/61).
Dan Jackson, Chaseburg, WI (Near La Crosse)
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