Friday, July 11, 2014
My Morning Walk
I birded the prairie parcel of Pheasant Branch Conservancy yesterday morning. The weather was gorgeous, birds plentiful, and biting insects minimal. If this pleasant weather continues over the weekend, I might make another run to Spring Green Preserve Saturday or Sunday for insect and wildflower macro photography.
This Willow Flycatcher was just finishing bathing in moisture collected on large leaves. It might have been rain, dew, or both. Birds will spread their wings into the moisture then ruffle and flutter their feathers just like they do when bathing in shallow water.
Every visit to the prairie this summer has included this particular Indigo Bunting singing on the south slope of the drumlin. I recognize him by his particular patterned splotchy white belly feathers, though other male Indigo Buntings have similar plumage coloration.
The Yellow-breasted Chat was extremely vocal and easily found, but he kept to the oak branches. I'm hoping to observe breeding evidence before the summer season ends, but they can be tricky birds to document.
Common Yellowthroats are having a stellar season at the prairie. I haven't seen any juvenile birds yet, but the adults are everywhere defending their territories. There's virtually no spot beyond the earshot of males bursting into their trademark witchity witchity song. When closer approach occurs, the males will find a tall perch and keep a watchful eye on everything you do!
Pheasant Branch, Dane, US-WI
Jul 10, 2014 6:15 AM - 8:45 AM
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
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