Tuesday, May 30, 2017

May Migration in Wisconsin

We spent the majority of our birding time at the Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary in Green Bay.  Joining old friends that we have known from our 40+ years in residence there.  It was great seeing everyone and walking down memory lane while we walked the trails.  We had 136 species there including 28 warblers in our three week visit.
White-throated Sparrow

Cold morning at the Sanctuary

First step for this gosling

Baltimore Oriole

Caspian Tern 

Look who found a warm place for the winter

New bird for Brown County - Black-necked Stilt

Black-throated Green Warbler

Bay-breasted Warbler

Golden-winged Warbler

Chestnut-sided Warbler

Cape-May Warbler

Black-throated Blue Warbler

Scarlet Tanager

Yellow Warbler

Wood Thrush

Wood Duck

Bald Eagle

We took a few day trips to add to our Wisconsin year list including Kewaunee & Algoma, Horicon Marsh, Mack Wildlife Area and Van Patten Road Marsh.
Ruddy Duck

Blue-headed Vireo

Canada Warbler

Magnolia Warbler

Black & White Warbler


Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Wilson's Warbler

Common Yellowthroat


We spent some time in Madison and also joined the Bay Area Bird Club field trip to Buena Vista Grasslands.
Whooping Crane at Leola Marsh

Bald Eagle keeps watch

Trumpeter Swans

Upland Sandpiper at Buena Vista Grasslands

Our last stop in Wisconsin was Wyalusing State Park where we added the specialties not found elsewhere in the state: Kentucky, Cerulean, Prothonotary and Yellow-throated Warblers; Acadian Flycatcher, Bell's Vireo and this Yellow-billed Cuckoo.

Now we are headed west to Montana and a six week adventure finding western birds.  We will be near Ty's brother Daryl and wife Vicki and may even trout fish on the Yellowstone River.

Love & Prayers,   Ty & Ida Baumann

Friday, May 19, 2017

Costa Rica - Part 4

Walking along the coast we observed this coral rock that was formed during an earthquake many years ago.  This is looking toward Panama along the Caribbean coast

When we returned to the lodge, we found we had no water or electricity due to construction down the road.  Off to the store to buy water and snacks for the long ride to the airport in the morning.
White-whiskered Puffbird

Three-toed Sloth

Hey!  Are you taking my photo?

Howler Monkey, Mom & baby on back

Curious baby

Poison Dart-Frog

Heleconia blossom 

Young lizard finds a great perch

White-collared Manakin

Wing snapping makes electric noise like a bug zapper

Black-crowned Antshrike

Slaty-tailed Trogon

Cocoa Flowers

Cocoa Fruit grows on trunk of tree

Caribbean Islands from the plane.

It was a six hour drive along the coast north and through the mountains including a tunnel in the Braulio Carrillo National Park.

The next day was a flying and waiting day.  A relief to be back in Wisconsin that evening.  A wonderful adventure to remember.

Love & Prayers,
Ty & Ida Baumann