"If you don't know about your environment, your surroundings, you'll never develop a conservation ethic."
– Pete Ostlind
Pheasant Branch Conservancy's Creek Corridor
August has arrived! By the end of the month the creek corridor will be teeming with wood warblers once again. Today, though, I found only a single American Redstart along the corridor and a few Common Yellowthroats at the North Fork, both of which are nesters at the conservancy. I suspect Yellow Warblers have already dispersed, but there may still be a few around. I walked 4 miles and birded (mostly by ear) over 3 hours without my leg giving out, so I'll take that as a good sign that things might finally be on the mend. Just in time for fall field trips! I'll be posting my schedule in a couple of days.
Photography-wise, it was another macro workout:
Common Amber Snail Succinea putris
Cross Orbweaver Araneus diadematus
Sharpshooter Leafhopper Draeculacephala zeae
Long-legged Fly Condylostylus sp.
Walnut Husk Fly Rhagoletis suavis
Blue Dasher (female) Pachydiplax longipennis
This concerned Common Yellowthroat is also a bug hunter, but of a different sort. Imagine the insect tally this bird has taken this season with caring for himself, his mate, and his young. All those moths, beetles, katydids, crickets, grasshoppers, caterpillars, spiders and probably even bees and wasps. The little bird and I share the same space and quarry for a short time, but to him it's all food and survival. The wary warbler returned to his business once I moved on.
Pheasant Branch, Dane, Wisconsin, US
Aug 2, 2015 7:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Great Blue Heron
Great Crested Flycatcher
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
All images © 2015 Mike McDowell