With temperatures returning to the mid-forties, it didn't take long for most of Friday's sensational snow to melt. I'm glad I went to the creek corridor for black-and-white photographs when I did. There hasn't been enough snow for snowshoeing, but March can be unpredictable and there's still time for more wintery weather. The corridor songbirds were busy on Saturday and paid little mind to my intrusion into their lives. The excitement of spring migration is building and a few migrants have already returned to southern Wisconsin. On Friday I saw three Sandhill Cranes flying over the marsh. Others have reported seeing Red-winged Blackbirds and Greater white-fronted Geese in the area. But this is only the beginning of a grand show that Nature puts on every spring. Along the trail between Park and Parmenter, a female Great Horned Owl appeared snug in a cavity on her nest, while her mate was perched nearby on some open branches away from his usual spot in the conifers.
"Nature makes its own writing – we can make only versions, but the best words can restore us to the primacy of first sightings."
~ Tim Dee
Pheasant Branch, Dane, US-WI
Feb 25, 2012 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Great Horned Owl
American Tree Sparrow
Great Horned Owl image © 2012 Mike McDowell