Sunday, March 03, 2013

March Arrives!

A scolding Black-capped Chickadee.

It's March! A new month of migration and discovery awaits! By the end of this month the number of bird species at Pheasant Branch Conservancy will double what it is at present. Yesterday morning I heard my first bugling Sandhill Cranes of the year as they circled over the marsh. It certainly lifted my spirits from what has been an interesting weekend in case you haven't been following the online discussion about the Mauston Great Gray Owl. Regular readers of my blog already know how I feel about baiting owls, so I didn't offer much input this time.

The Creek Corridor

The Woods

Though it's every bit winter out there right now, in a few weeks Eastern Phoebes will return as bridge sentries. A week or so after that we'll see the first small flocks of Golden-crowned kinglets, and then Yellow-rumped Warblers. But my Saturday excursion into the woods was a showing of winter birds with a few new printempo voices added to the choir. Beneath layers of cardinal songs, junco trills, woodpecker drumming, titmouse and chickadee calls, I heard American Robin and Song Sparrow spring melodies. I am ready for more.

American Robin pausing between notes.

Another American Robin resting in the sunlight.

Pheasant Branch, Dane, US-WI
Mar 2, 2013 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
32 species

Canada Goose 
Mallard  2
Cooper's Hawk 
Red-tailed Hawk 
Sandhill Crane 
Rock Pigeon 
Mourning Dove 
Great Horned Owl 
Belted Kingfisher 
Red-bellied Woodpecker 
Downy Woodpecker 
Hairy Woodpecker 
Northern Flicker 
American Kestrel 
Blue Jay 
American Crow 
Horned Lark 
Black-capped Chickadee 
Tufted Titmouse 
White-breasted Nuthatch 
Brown Creeper 
American Robin 
European Starling 
American Tree Sparrow 
Song Sparrow 
White-throated Sparrow 
Dark-eyed Junco 
Northern Cardinal 
House Finch 
Pine Siskin 
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow 

Singing Northern Cardinal.

All images © 2013 Mike McDowell

1 comment:

  1. Beautiful creek corridor shot. You inspire me and then some ;)