Wednesday, June 06, 2012

Mostly Redstarts

American Redstart with a feather issue!

After a very birdy May (136 species at Pheasant Branch Conservancy), I've been on a bit of a birding hiatus. I last went birding at PBC on Saturday while leading a field trip for Middleton's celebration of National Trails Day. There were no new migrants; most all were expected birds on breeding territory (see eBird list below). American Redstart was the predominant warbler at the far western end of the creek corridor before the confluence pond. Saturday afternoon I went biking with Trish Perkins on Wild Goose State Trail from Clyman Junction to Horicon NWR (50 miles roundtrip). At the auto-loop I got Black Tern, Yellow-headed Blackbird, and American White Pelican for year birds. Along the trail were many Indigo Buntings, Yellow Warblers, Common Yellowthroats, and American Redstarts. An especially cool sighting was a Black-billed Cuckoo that flew directly in front of me. While not an eBird patch-list outing, I did go to Picnic Point to get a glimpse of the Prothonotary Warblers bringing food to their recently hatched young. Hopefully I'll have more time this month to hit the local prairies!

Pheasant Branch, Dane, US-WI
Jun 2, 2012 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
50 species

Wood Duck 
Green Heron 
Cooper's Hawk 
American Kestrel 
American Coot 
Spotted Sandpiper 
Ring-billed Gull 
Mourning Dove 
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 
Belted Kingfisher 
Red-bellied Woodpecker 
Downy Woodpecker 
Northern Flicker 
Eastern Wood-Pewee 
Willow Flycatcher 
Eastern Phoebe 
Great Crested Flycatcher 
Warbling Vireo 
Red-eyed Vireo 
Blue Jay 
American Crow 
Tree Swallow 
Barn Swallow 
Cliff Swallow 
Black-capped Chickadee 
Tufted Titmouse 
White-breasted Nuthatch 
House Wren 
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 
Wood Thrush 
American Robin 
Gray Catbird 
European Starling 
Cedar Waxwing 
Common Yellowthroat 
American Redstart 
Yellow Warbler 
Chipping Sparrow 
Song Sparrow 
Northern Cardinal 
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 
Indigo Bunting 
Red-winged Blackbird 
Common Grackle 
Baltimore Oriole 
House Finch 
American Goldfinch 
House Sparrow

American Redstart © 2012 Mike McDowell

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