Monday, June 3, 2024

Last Days in Wisconsin


We are visiting some of our favorite birding areas before heading to Montana.
The Kewaunee Jetty and harbor were full of American White Pelicans, along with the usual ducks and gulls.

Am. White Pelican numbers continue to multiply all over the state.

Pair of Red-breasted Mergansers

Lesser Black-backed Gull at North Point in Sheboygan

Iceland Gull

Hen in the Woods - Maitake Mushroom

More American White Pelicans feeding at Horicon Marsh

Barn Swallows nesting on Floating Boardwalk at Horicon

Barn Swallow protesting walkers

Song Sparrow

With friends we found the Dickcissel near Albany where we were married 54 years ago.
Another  new bird for our year list.

Eastern Bluebird bringing caterpiller to nestlings.

Fun finding this Wood Duck along the river.

Green Frog along the Rock River

Baby Bunny - maybe first day on his own.

Bobolink at Buena Vista Grasslands

Willow Flycatcher in the Sandbar Willows

Brewer's Blackbird

Searching for Greater Prairie Chickens got easier with one flying overhead.

Juvenile Bald Eagle at Leola Marsh in the cranberry bog area.

Spent the night near Big Flats hoping for a Kirtland's Warbler.
At Sunrise this perfect pine habitat produced a singing male.

A trip over to Necedah Wildlife Refuge, Trumpeter Swans and a single distant Whooping Crane.

We enjoyed seeing Trumpeter Swans in many different wetlands.

Northern Blue Flag - Wild Iris

Very large female Snapping Turtle heading inland to lay eggs.

Chalk-fronted corporal male Dragonfly

Bald Eagle finds Road Kill breakfast of raccoon

Keeping one eye on competition from...

Second Bald Eagle hoping to share.

Campion Bladder

Back at Lake Farm in Madison - Swamp Sparrow

Sedge Wren

Sedge Wren belting out his chittery call on territory.

Female Common Yellowthroat

Male Common Yellowthroat

Baltimore Oriole

Northern Cardinal

Our four week stay in Wisconsin was very busy trying to see as many people, birds, and favorite bird haunts as we could fit in.  
❤️ Love & Prayers 🙏 
Ty & Ida Baumann

Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Wisconsin -Birding from Madison to Green Bay


We arrived in Madison with thunderstorms moving in.
Our schedule was changed because of RV repairs but it turned out good with extra time in Madison and visits with our son Troy.  

Spring birding was great with many migrants arriving.
Song Sparrow

Singing Orchard Oriole

Baltimore Oriole

Warbler migration was at it's peak.
Yellow Warbler

Common Yellowthroat

Butterflies were also migrating.
Red Admirals seem to be everywhere

A trip to Schoenberg Marsh produced 8 Trumpeter Swans.

A pair came close to check out the intruder with a camera.

Semipalmated Sandpiper and Dunlin

Tree Swallow perched in rain shower

Canada Goose puts on the brakes at Lake Farm Park

May-apples - apples forming

Eastern Shooting-Star

Virginia Bluebells

Rooster Pheasants challenge each other near Goose Pond

Pair of N. Flickers

White-crowned Sparrow

Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Palm Warbler

Black-crowned Night-heron at the Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary

Pileated Woodpecker on the ground pounding on stump

Red-headed Woodpecker

Tree Swallow flushing Red-headed Woodpecker from swallow nesting cavity

Yellow-headed Blackbird at Sensaba WLA

Goslings were everywhere we went

Osprey catches a large Catfish

Warbling Vireo warbling

Yellow-rumped Warbler

American Redstart

Wilson's Warbler

Cape May Warbler

Bay-breasted Warbler

Nashville Warbler

Northern Parula

Blackburnian Warbler

Black-throated Blue Warbler

Orange-crowned Warbler

Great Crested Flycatcher checks out nesting cavity

Olive-sided Flycatcher

Wood Duck pair

Redhead pair

Hen Mallard nesting 12 feet up on broken off tree

Bald Eagle at Wildlife Sanctuary raptor exhibit

Sandhill Cranes nested at the Sanctuary producing 2 colts

So cute!  Plus there was another set of colts hatched by the Hussong Trail marsh.

Rain puddles attracted a few shore birds 
Stilt Sandpiper...

and a pair of Wilson's Phalaropes, 
 Role reversal, females have the richer coloration and the males incubate the eggs.


American Kestrel by nesting box, east end of Wildlife Sanctuary

 Goslings cuddle

Sunset over Green Bay.

We are enjoying our time here visiting many friends.
❤️  Love & Prayers 🙏 
Ty & Ida Baumann