Sunday, November 11, 2012

Saturday Birding

Fox Sparrow

Birders from around Wisconsin are on the lookout for Bohemian Waxwings, Red Crossbills, and Evening Grosbeaks. On Saturday morning I walked my regular route through Pheasant Branch Conservancy, but didn't find any of these irruptive species. That Evening Grosbeaks have already been observed south of Dane County and in Milwaukee gives me hope of the possibility of finding some in my neck of the woods.

American Tree Sparrow

There were a lot of American Tree Sparrows at prairie parcel, some Fox Sparrows, just one Swamp Sparrow, and the largest flock of House Finches I've ever seen (+200 birds). No Northern Shrikes. I checked the creek corridor, but there wasn't much going on there either. I picked up Red-breasted Nuthatch, Tufted Titmouse and Brown Creeper. Near the conservancy condos I found a few more Fox Sparrows, plus White-throated Sparrows, Pine Siskins, Winter Wren, and this Cooper's Hawk:

Cooper's Hawk

Pheasant Branch, Dane, US-WI
Nov 10, 2012 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
37 species

Canada Goose 
Ring-necked Pheasant 
Cooper's Hawk 
Red-tailed Hawk 
Sandhill Crane 
Ring-billed Gull 
Rock Pigeon 
Mourning Dove 
Great Horned Owl 
Red-bellied Woodpecker 
Downy Woodpecker 
Hairy Woodpecker 
Northern Flicker 
Blue Jay 
American Crow 
Horned Lark 
Black-capped Chickadee 
Tufted Titmouse 
Red-breasted Nuthatch 
White-breasted Nuthatch 
Brown Creeper 
Winter Wren 
American Robin 
European Starling 
American Tree Sparrow 
Fox Sparrow 
Song Sparrow 
Swamp Sparrow 
White-throated Sparrow 
Dark-eyed Junco 
Northern Cardinal 
Red-winged Blackbird 
House Finch 
Pine Siskin 
American Goldfinch 
House Sparrow 

All images © 2012 Mike McDowell

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