Saturday, May 21, 2016

Trip back to Wisconsin

Fire Wheel or Indian Blanket

We traveled through the Oklahoma Panhandle to the Cimarron Grasslands in Southwestern Kansas.  We were mainly looking for the Lesser Prairies Chickens which are difficult to find.  We heard them in the distance and got a glimpse of them but nothing close enough to photograph.  The wildflowers were blooming and the grasslands green as they have had plenty of rain.
Yes it's another Western Diamond-backed Rattlesnake

Red-headed Woodpecker

Eastern Wood-pewee

Lark Sparrow

Prairie Dog

We traveled across Kansas into Nebraska, avoiding severe weather as much as possible.  We arrived at DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge on the Nebraska/Iowa border and spent two days enjoying the sights.  This pair of eagles came in and out of the nest several times bringing fish for the eaglets.
Harris's Sparrow

Magnolia Warbler

We arrived in Wisconsin on May 15th and camped at Wyalusing State Park for three days.  We were at the end of warbler migration but were able to find 23 species of warblers out of the 104 species of birds here before we headed to the Madison area.
Bell's Vireo

Henslow's Sparrow

Scarlet Tanager

Kentucky Warbler

Indigo Bunting

Prothonotary Warbler

Eastern Towhee

Trumpeter Swan nest on the Mississippi River

We stopped at Arena boat landing and found this Black-capped Chickadee nest down in the post.  The bird was turning green from rubbing against the algae in the post each time they brought food into the nest.

We spent a day at Horicon Marsh NWR to see what birds we could add to our Wisconsin and year list.   These Bobolinks were very numerous this year - a pleasant surprise.
American Bittern tries to hide

Short-billed Dowitcher

Wild Geranium 

It's great to be back in Wisconsin.  We look forward to seeing our son Troy and his wife Carmen and friends and relatives.

Love & Prayers,
Ty & Ida Baumann


  1. Hello Tyalda. I am a Pastor from Mumbai, India. Wow what a blessing to come across your profile on the blogger and have a stop at your blog post. The pictures you have taken are worth treasuring. God willing I will be in the United States in the month of July and will be so glad to stop by where you are and meet you. I am truly blessed to know you and get connected with you because of who you are in the Lord Jesus Christ and your love for the Word of God. I have been in the Pastoral ministry for last 37 yrs in this great city of Mumbai a city with a great contrast where richest of rich and the poorest of poor live. we reach out the poorest of poor with the love of Christ to bring healing to the broken hearted. We also encourage young and the adults from the west to come to Mumbai to work with us during their vacation time. Since you are on your journey to North America may I invite you to extend your journey to India and see the other part of the world and God's creation. I am sure you will be having life changing experience. Looking forward to hear from you very soon. My email id is: dhwankhede(at)gmail(dot)com and my name is Diwakar Wankhede. Looking forward to hear from you very soon. God's richest blessings on you and also wishing you a blessed and a Christ centered rest of the year 2016.

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