Friday, August 4, 2017

Two weeks in Madison

Compass Plant

Lake Farm Campground is surrounded by acres of prairie flowers, all in full bloom in late July.  Ty spent many hours fighting off mosquitos to capture the blooms, bugs, and birds of the native restored prairie.
Spotted Gayfeather

Sedge Wren

Willow Flycatcher

Rattlesnake Master

Eastern Harvester on Black-eyed Susan

Purple Cone Flower

Bumble Bee

Bumble Bee full of pollen

Soldier Beetle and Silky Ant

Agapostemon Sweat Bee

Eastern Amberwing

Paper Wasp

Monarch Butterfly on Field Milkweed

Snowy Tree Cricket on Chicory

White-banded Crab Spider

Red-spotted Purple Butterfly

Silver-spotted Skipper

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail - dark female

Hummingbird Moth on Bergamot 

Ambush Bug

Twelve-spotted Skimmer

Blue Dasher

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Black Saddlebags

Common Whitetail Dragonfly

Spined Soldier Bug

Thin-legged Wolf Spider

Troy, Carmen & Bucky Badger

The best part about being in Madison is spending time with Troy & Carmen.  We went out to eat, went to the IMAX to see "Dunkirk", and enjoyed several hours walking the newly renovated Henry Vilas Zoo.  Amazing improvements since we last visited.


Yellow-rumped Cacique

Blue & Gold Macaw

White-cheeked Turaco

Grizzly Bear

Polar Bear

Now we are back in Green Bay for a couple weeks, hoping to visit with everyone we didn't get to see in May.

Love & Prayers,
Ty & Ida Baumann

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Back to Wisconsin

As we crossed over into Wisconsin at Duluth into Superior, we headed south to spend a couple days at Crex Meadows State Wildlife Area.  The wildflowers were beautiful and it made for a very enjoyable tour along the dike roads.  This Bumble Bee was collecting nectar from the Butterfly Weed.
Bald Eagle preening 

Tall Ironweed

Swamp Milkweed

Showy Tick-Trefoil

Ring-necked Duck hen on Muskrat lodge

Giant Bur-Reed

Pickerel Weed

Least Skipper

Watershield Blossom 

Red-necked Grebe among the waterlilies 

Common Loon


Brown Thrasher

Sandhill Cranes with colt being greeted

Twelve-spotted Skimmer

Pitcher Plant at Scott's Lake

We then drove straight east to Three Lakes and the Nicolet Forest for a day and a half of exploring for northern birds and plants.  It was very quiet in the woods, as usual with only Hermit Thrushes, Ovenbirds, Red-eyed Vireos and a few warblers singing.
Indian Pipe

Least Chipmunk at Pine River Bridge

We then went to Green Bay to visit the dentist and then the oral surgeon to pull Ida's cracked wisdom tooth.  A little more wisdom gone.  We then took a day trip to Sheboygan and up the Lake Shore.  There were many Lesser and Greater Black-backed Gulls, plus Boneparte's, and other common gulls.  
Hooded Mergansers in Manitowoc

We stayed at Celebration Church for a few days and had beautiful sunsets each evening.  Ty did some yard work for a few hours each day.
Blue-winged Teal at Horicon Marsh

On our way to Madison for a two week stay, we stopped and birded at Horicon Marsh.  The Black-necked stilts have become almost common, as it was only a few years ago a rarity that everyone came to see.
Great Egret

Black Tern

Marsh Wren

Leopard Frog

Halloween Pennant

We are in Madison now and enjoying some time with Troy & Carmen, (next blog).

Love & Prayers,
Ty & Ida Baumann