Tuesday, November 24, 2015

A Day Off!

Prairie parcel of Pheasant Branch Conservancy

Much of the snow has melted since the return of warmer weather. And as I anticipated, some birds that were missing on my last hike were found today, but only in small numbers. I found several White-throated Sparrows just south of the overlook, but only singles for Song Sparrow, Swamp Sparrow, Fox Sparrow, and a gorgeous adult White-crowned Sparrow.

White-crowned Sparrow

As late November goes, the conservancy is loaded with American Tree Sparrows, Dark-eyed Juncos, and other winter birds. There was a nice assortment of waterfowl where Pheasant Branch Creek meets the channel from the spring (see the checklist below). Curiously, no owls today!

Dark-eyed Junco

Pheasant Branch, Dane, Wisconsin, US
Nov 24, 2015 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
40 species

Canada Goose
Wood Duck
Northern Shoveler
Green-winged Teal
Hooded Merganser
Ring-necked Pheasant
Pied-billed Grebe
Cooper's Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Sandhill Crane
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Blue Jay
American Crow
Horned Lark
Black-capped Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
Brown Creeper
American Robin
European Starling
Cedar Waxwing
American Tree Sparrow
Fox Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
White-crowned Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
Northern Cardinal
House Finch
Pine Siskin
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow

All images © 2015 Mike McDowell

1 comment:

  1. A beautiful photo of my favorite sparrow. I've had a couple fox sparrows in my yard this week. I have feeders but put some seed out for ground feeders too and last year at least one fox sparrow stayed all winter.