I saw more snapping turtles this week laying eggs, 10 of them, most I’ve ever seen!


I was checking out one of the swamp areas east of New Holstein. I was going to see if the black terns were nesting there, but I found a better surprise. There were two common gallinules acting like they were protecting nests. I didn’t get any pictures but will keep checking on them to see if they nested. They are on the rare bird list for this area.

Out at the Killsnake this week: Lloyd, with his eagle eyes, said, “There’s a sora rail.” So we got some nice pictures. Then we checked out our other hot spot and there was a northern shoveler hen with six ducklings and a real bonus was finding a pair of green-winged teal with five ducklings. The green-winged teal with five ducklings would be the first time they have been reported nesting in Calumet County. 

(Please see the July 4 issue of the Tri-County News for more on this story.)

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