South winds! One look at Nexrad last night and I knew we were in store for a great day of birding on Sunday. I tallied 15 warbler and 4 vireo species along the creek corridor of Pheasant Branch Conservancy today. Rose-breasted Grosbeaks, Baltimore Orioles, and Indigo Buntings have also returned.
Initially I didn't carry my scope with me because sometimes it's more enjoyable just to have a binocular without all the extra gear. However, the activity at the first bridge east of Park Street was so good that I eventually brought out my digiscoping rig to get a few photographs of the remaining wood warblers.
I spent most of the day at the creek corridor and never made it out to the confluence ponds or the North Fork marsh, but Charles Naeseth called me this evening to let me know the Marsh Wrens are back. I'll probably listen for them tomorrow morning before returning to the creek corridor.
South winds have launched the migration machine once again, but we presently have a line of storms approaching from the west. If stormy weather keeps the birds from making forward progress, the conservancy might be full of birds tomorrow morning.
Pheasant Branch, Dane, US-WI
May 3, 2015 5:40 AM - 12:10 PM
Great Blue Heron
Cape May Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler