Monday, April 25, 2016
The Warbler Parade Begins!
Pheasant Branch Conservancy creek corridor
The woods along the creek corridor are greening up and more warblers are moving in. This morning my birding group found 6 warbler species, the best being a Yellow-throated Warbler. I've encountered this species only a few times in the past. In fact, the last one I saw at the conservancy was May of 2002. Other warblers this morning were Yellow-rumps, Palms, Orange-crowned, Nashville, and Black-throated Green.
Only a week ago the Mayapple were just little sprouts poking out through the leaves on the ground. With a synthesis of rain and sunshine over the past several days, they've opened their green umbrellas and their flowers won't take long to follow.
The White-throated Sparrows return en masse when the violets bloom...
The Belted Kingfisher searches for fish to eat along the creek corridor...
The Wood Ducks guard the nest box...
Wood Duck (male)
Wood Duck (female)
And more wildflowers...
Yellow Trout Lily
Pheasant Branch, Dane, Wisconsin, US
Apr 24, 2016 6:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Great Blue Heron
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Black-throated Green Warbler
All images © 2016 Mike McDowell