"It has always been my understanding that truth and freedom can only exist in wild places."
― Daniel J. Rice, This Side of a Wilderness
Pheasant Branch Creek Corridor
After finding 21 warbler species Saturday morning, I barely found a dozen the following day. This morning was about the same as Sunday. With an influx of Blackpoll Warblers this morning, it would appear the peak of warbler migration has come and gone rather quickly. While beautiful, the foliage density hasn't made things easy for birders this spring. I feel fortunate that I can at least identify most songbirds from their vocalizations. Naturally, only hearing them doesn't do much for collecting images for my blog!
When birding during spring migration, there's nothing quite like spotting a Scarlet Tanager's flaming red colors against green leaves and blue sky. The contrast is intense. The experience can be exhilarating. About a week ago, the sight of a low-foraging Scarlet Tanager caused a friend of mine tear up. These experiences in the woods with the feathered ones can be that powerful.
Yesterday late afternoon I visited Pope Farm Conservancy to observe the prairie's progress. It was especially windy, which made any type of photography somewhat challenging. I settled for a few shots of the prairie and some Shooting Stars that were close to the trail. I blocked the wind using my backpack, which was just enough to settle the shaking flowers.
Pope Farm Conservancy
Pheasant Branch, Dane, US-WI
May 16, 2015 5:45 AM - 9:10 AM
Great Crested Flycatcher
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler
All images © 2015 Mike McDowell