Monday, August 19, 2013

Traveling Wisconsin - Here and back again

Heavy thunderstorms pelted the RV at Kohler-Andrae  State Park.  Thankfully not the tornadoes and wind damage we observed on our way to Green Bay.   We stopped to see Ty's Aunt Carol & Uncle Jack in Howard's Grove and enjoyed their beautiful, wildlife friendly landscaped yard.

We surprised everyone as we crashed the Friend's of the Wildlife Sanctuary Picnic.  It was great to get reconnected with "Friends", volunteers and WLS staff.  We walked the waterfalls area and the prairie plantings and new lighting looked great.

Also joined the "Swift Night Out" with the bird club, counting at city chimneys then meeting at Titletown restaurant.

We'll be back in Green Bay soon but we had to leave for Madison stopping at Horicon for more birds.  We again found the Hudsonian Godwit (on left), much closer than our earlier trip.  We added Red-necked Phalaropes and Buff-breasted Sandpiper - making 20 species of shorebirds seen at Horicon this month.

We traveled west and stayed at Little Bluff Campground near Poynette for a couple days.  Ty called in this Great Horned Owl while actually looking for warblers.

We spent a few hours at the MacKensie Environmental Center walking through the live wildlife exhibits, museum and visiting with Smokey the Bear.

We are now at Madison staying at Lake Farm Park, walking the extensive hiking and biking trails that were surrounded by prairie flowers.

We walked to Nine Springs impoundment ponds and followed the dikes looking for ducks and shorebirds.  It was pretty quiet but has great potential.  but we did find this leopard frog.

Best of all in Madison was a nice visit with our son Troy and his wife Carmen.  We went to some great adventure movies and good eating establishments.

Fall is in the air with these Jack O' Lantern mushrooms leading the way.

We'll soon be saying good-bye to the state capital and journeying northeast back to Green Bay for fall migration, visits with old friends and watching the Packers.

God Bless!
Ty & Ida Baumann

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