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
30 species

Canada Goose
Cooper's Hawk 
Bald Eagle 
Red-tailed Hawk 
Wilson's Snipe 
Mourning Dove 
Great Horned Owl 
Barred Owl 
Red-bellied Woodpecker 
Downy Woodpecker 
Hairy Woodpecker 
Northern Flicker 
Blue Jay 
American Crow 
Horned Lark 
Black-capped Chickadee 
Tufted Titmouse 
White-breasted Nuthatch 
Brown Creeper 
American Robin 
American Tree Sparrow 
Song Sparrow 
White-throated Sparrow 
Dark-eyed Junco 
Northern Cardinal 
House Finch 
Pine Siskin 
American Goldfinch 
House Sparrow 

All images © 2012 Mike McDowell

1 comment:

  1. Just Stunning, these pictures.
    Happy New Year to you and yours.