Rose-breasted Grosbeak at Pheasant Branch
After a solid week of stifling northerly winds, more favorable weather for migratory birds prevailed last Thursday. Millions of warblers, verios, sparrows, and other songbirds poured into southern Wisconsin during the night; birders from all around the state reported their arrival the following morning. We were rewarded with a few days of great birding until thunderstorms moved through the Ohio valley, which kept the next wave of songbirds to our south. While bird activity at Pheasant Branch was a little less intense this morning, I still managed to find 10 warbler species including my first Golden-winged Warbler of spring. As some of you may have guessed, the early leaf-out has significantly hampered my digiscoping efforts, thus I've been doing more birding than photography the past few weeks. The dense cover also means visually locating birds is far more challenging this spring; I'm having to rely on identifying them by song rather than sight. Other spring arrivals this weekend included Green Heron, Blue-headed Vireo, Black-and-white Warbler, Baltimore Orioles, and Rose-breasted Grosbeaks.
My second Madison Audubon Warbler Walk at Pheasant Branch will be held this Thursday, May 6th at 6:00am, rain or shine!
Sunday's birds at Pheasant Branch:
Great Horned Owl
Great Crested Flycatcher
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Rose-breasted Grosbeak © 2010 Mike McDowell