Eager to see early fall migratory birds, a group of birders enjoyed over 40 species for the Madison Audubon Warbler Walk held this morning at Pheasant Branch Conservancy. The weather was gorgeous and cooler temperatures meant mosquitoes weren't quite as bad. The birds were a little difficult to spot in the dense leaf cover at times, but we earned great views by being patient. Highlights included Golden-winged Warbler, Blue-winged Warbler and Wilson's Warblers – 14 warblers species in all, plus other migrants and resident conservancy birds...so many great birds to watch. I continue to be fascinated by the foraging technique of Golden-winged Warblers probing clusters of curled-up dead leaves for spiders and insects. You can almost predict where they're going to fly to next by looking at surrounding habitat for similar leaf clusters.
I hope all the field trip participants had a good time - I sure did!
Field Trip Sightings - 8/30/2007:
Great Blue Heron
Great Crested Flycatcher
Black-throated Green Warbler
Wilson's Warbler image ©2007 Mike McDowell