Thursday, September 24, 2009

Owen Conservation Park

We're very fortunate in Dane County to have so many wonderful natural areas for birding. Since the trail project is still underway at the Pheasant Branch creek corridor, our birding trio has been visiting Owen Conservation Park in Madison for the past week. Given last night's migration, I figured today would be good. We saw 12 warbler species, 3 kinds of vireos, dozens of White-throated Sparrows, and lots more! As predicted, we had our first Orange-crowned Warbler of fall. We ended the morning with 53 species in just over an hour of birding. I didn't digiscope, but instead took a few scenic shots of Owen Park with my Nikon Coolpix 8400 & wide-angle lens.

All images © 2009 Mike McDowell


  1. I was so happy to see your recent posts on Owen Park. I used to live in the Owen Park neighborhood before moving out of Madison and its one of the spots I miss the most. It is certainly one of Madison's under-appreciated jewels. Plus, I'm excited they put in ponds. Again, thanks for the great posts and beautiful photos.

    Bill Roberts
    Collinsville, CT