"I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers."
~ L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables
The Prairie Parcel
It was a rather rainy Madison Audubon field trip Saturday morning at Pheasant Branch Conservancy, but Sunday was a golden October day. If I had explored the overlook and the North Fork, I probably could have topped 70 bird species for my outing. Still, 62 is very good for early October. In another month it will be challenging to surpass even 40 species, so I'm enjoying the remaining fall migrants while they're staging at or moving through the conservancy.
It was 33 degrees when I hit the field this morning. Most prairie plants were covered with sparkling frost. Many birds, including this Field Sparrow, were perched in the sunlight, puffed up to keep warm.
White-crowned Sparrows are becoming more numerous, which is a sign that's it's just about the right time for Harris's Sparrow. The juvenile white-crowneds lack the black and white crest the adults have, but their size and shape gives their identity away.
And the rest ...
Along the Creek Corridor
Pheasant Branch, Dane, US-WI
Oct 5, 2014 7:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Great Blue Heron
Black-throated Green Warbler
All images © 2014 Mike McDowell