Sunday, December 18, 2011
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
American Tree Sparrow
Hermit Thrush © 2011 Mike McDowell