Wednesday, April 24, 2013

April Delays

Yellow-rumped Warbler

There haven’t been many sunny days this month, and so my photography has suffered. The pace and sensory presence of Pheasant Branch Conservancy more closely resembles March than it does late April. Some trees have buds, but most are still completely bare. The ground is brown and I haven’t seen any spring ephemerals yet. I see a few dozen or so Yellow-rumped Warblers during each outing, but only a couple Palm and Pine Warblers so far. All of this should change this weekend when temperatures reach the upper sixties and low seventies, hopefully putting spring’s engine into high gear. It will be interesting to see how this May unfolds. Will songbirds rush through, or will migration continue to be delayed throughout the month.

A list of birds seen on a given day is also a form of prayer, a thanksgiving for being alive at a certain time and place. Posting that list online is a 21st-century form of a votive offering. It’s unclear what deity presides.

~ Brian Kimberling, What Do the Birders Know?

Pheasant Branch, Dane, US-WI
Apr 24, 2013 6:45 AM - 9:15 AM
64 species

Canada Goose
Wood Duck
Blue-winged Teal
Northern Shoveler
Green-winged Teal
Lesser Scaup
Pied-billed Grebe
Great Blue Heron
Turkey Vulture
American Coot
Spotted Sandpiper
Wilson's Snipe
Ring-billed Gull
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove
Great Horned Owl
Barred Owl
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
American Kestrel
Eastern Phoebe
Blue Jay
American Crow
Tree Swallow
Barn Swallow
Black-capped Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
Brown Creeper
Carolina Wren
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Eastern Bluebird
Hermit Thrush
American Robin
European Starling
Palm Warbler
Pine Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Eastern Towhee
Chipping Sparrow
Field Sparrow
Savannah Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Northern Cardinal
Red-winged Blackbird
Eastern Meadowlark
Common Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird
Purple Finch
House Finch
Pine Siskin
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow

Yellow-rumped Warbler © 2013 Mike McDowell

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