Sunday, December 30, 2012
Last Outing for 2012!
This morning everything under the sun was bejeweled with sparkling ice crystals. I couldn't wait to get out there. But before counting the birds at Pheasant Branch Conservancy a final time for the year, I went to the prairie parcel to take a few scenic shots of the frost covered trees and plants.
During my count, I located a couple of White-throated Sparrows at the expected spot near the conservancy condos. I didn't find them the past two times I checked this area, but they were likely someplace nearby. Like the sparrows, several Northern Cardinals were quiet and still as they used the sun to keep warm in the frigid wintery air.
Pheasant Branch, Dane, US-WI
Dec 30, 2012 7:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Great Horned Owl
American Tree Sparrow
All images © 2012 Mike McDowell