Sunday, December 18, 2011


Hermit Thrush

We had a successful Christmas Bird Count at Pheasant Branch Conservancy yesterday, part of Area 21 for the Madison CBC. There were a few misses (Winter Wren and Belted Kingfisher) but some nice surprises as well. The Hermit Thrush I've been keeping tabs on for the past few weeks was still present at the southeast corner along the boardwalk. Raptor-wise we saw a Bald Eagle, American Kestrel, Northern Harrier, Cooper's Hawks, and Red-tailed Hawks. Though most of the time I have no trouble finding Great Horned Owls, the only owl we found was a Barred Owl, which was perched at one of its usual roosting sites. The biggest surprise of the day was a flyover Red Crossbill, my first for Pheasant Branch!

Pheasant Branch, Dane, US-WI
Dec 17, 2011 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
39 species

Canada Goose
Green-winged Teal
Common Merganser
Ring-necked Pheasant
Bald Eagle
Northern Harrier
Cooper's Hawk
American Kestrel
Sandhill Crane
Ring-billed Gull
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove
Barred Owl
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Blue Jay
American Crow
Black-capped Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
Brown Creeper
Hermit Thrush
American Robin
European Starling
American Tree Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Northern Cardinal
Red-winged Blackbird
House Finch
Red Crossbill
Pine Siskin
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow

Hermit Thrush © 2011 Mike McDowell

1 comment:

  1. Gorgeous image of that Hermit Thrush! Amazing that they can winter so far north.