Thursday, May 28, 2015

Visiting & Birding around Wisconsin

Turkey Vulture over the Wisconsin River from the bluff at Wyalusing

We arrived in Wisconsin on Easter Sunday in the southwest corner of the state checking out a rare bird in Cuba City; a Band-tailed Pigeon.  We camped at Wyalusing and just the first Spring migrants had arrived.
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

Pussy Willow

We camped at Yellowstone Lake State Park and had the whole campground to ourselves.  Then moved to DeForest and birded around Dane and Columbia Counties.
House Finch

Snow Geese at the DM / I ponds near Madison

Rusty Blackbird

Ring-necked Pheasant near Goose Pond

Sandhill Crane sounds off

Eastern Towhee

Parked at Lake Farm Park in Madison while on a trip to Costa Rica - check out the last three blogs for details of that great adventure.

When we returned, we spent time at Madison, Horicon and Sheboygan before our 17 day stay in Green Bay.
Prothonotary Warbler at 9 Springs in Madison

Skunk Cabbage

Brown Creeper

Red-winged Blackbird on deck at Van Patten Road

Almost every morning we walked the Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary trails in search for every warbler, vireo and thrush and every other Spring migrant.  Notice we are all in coats and gloves, just a little chilly!!
Northern Parula checks out the birders

Chestnut-sided Warbler

Black-throated Green Warbler

Baltimore Oriole in the Crabapple Blossoms 

Scarlet Tanager gives everyone a great look

Red-tailed Hawk has snake breakfast

We had many interesting experiences and also many wonderful visits with friends.  Not easy trying to fit everyone into a tight schedule of birding.  If we missed seeing you this year we will try again on our next stop back into Wisconsin.

We had a very cold trip north even with some snow (just in case we missed Wisconsin winters) and enjoyed a Bay Area Bird Club field trip to Buena Vista Grasslands.
Short-eared Owl at Buena Vista

Grasshopper Sparrow

Whooping Crane at Horicon Marsh
A few more stops in Wisconsin and then it's on to more adventures.  Heading west to the Rockies then to Texas for the winter.  (Hey, not so fast!)  Summer hasn't even begun in Wisconsin yet.

God Bless you all on your own adventures, make each day count!
Love & Prayers,  Ida & Ty

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