Monday, December 15, 2014
The white owls are garnering most of the attention right now, but the brown ones are still supremely cool. The weather has been exeptionally dreary lately and has had a negative impact on my photography and blogging. Still, it was good to be outside and hike a few miles while breathing the moist air and listening for birds. This past Saturday was a practice run for this weekend's Christmas Bird Count, so I made a point to cover as much ground as I could at the conservancy. I was surprised to find several White-crowned Sparrows at the prairie parcel, one adult and six juveniles. Five of them were hanging out in the tall weeds in the northwest corner while the other two were associating with a flock of American Tree Sparrows near the retention ponds. No sign of the Barred Owls, but I hope that means I'll find them on Saturday's count!
Pheasant Branch, Dane, US-WI
Dec 13, 2014 12:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Great Horned Owl
American Tree Sparrow
Great Horned Owl © 2014 Mike McDowell