Monday, September 27, 2010

Summer Ends

It's hard to believe just how much summer retired during the past week; the evidence is all around us though most of us only witness it in colors of leaves. Only a week ago, there were still hundreds of warblers moving through the creek corridor at Pheasant Branch Conservancy, but yesterday they were replaced by Ruby-crowned and Golden-crowned Kinglets.

Palm Warbler

Though I managed to find a few Magnolias, a Black-throated Green, and an American Redstart, hearing the familiar chip-notes of Yellow-rumps in the canopy and spotting my first Palm Warblers of fall were definitive signs that warbler migration is drawing to a close in southern Wisconsin; we'll have to wait until spring for the next wave of large warbler flocks.

White-throated Sparrow

With the arrival the Fall Equinox, White-throated Sparrows are returning in prodigious numbers and are filling forests and woodlots throughout the area. Other sparrows at the conservancy this past weekend included White-crowned, Lincoln's, Song, and Chippies.

All images © 2010 Mike McDowell


  1. The warbler waves are dying down here too, but we're still getting some good mornings. This recent rain might've driven a few more down too. Still, summer flew by and it feels like this September flew too.

    I'm waiting for the geese and ducks to migrate!

  2. Oh! Don't forget the sparrows!

    Mike M.