"All things seem possible in May."
― Edwin Way Teale
In truth, it feels more like late March. It was chilly and overcast the entire weekend with drizzle and a few rain showers. Winds have been out of the north and east, keeping most migratory birds to our south. Still, a handful of hardy new arrivals defied the air currents and punched through.
Overcast lighting makes digiscoping a bit challenging, but I still managed to obtain some bird portraits to share. A few new birds along the creek corridor included the Swainson's Thrush pictured above and this stoic Yellow Warbler:
A group of male Wood Ducks can be found most mornings at the duckweed pond just west of Park Street along the creek corridor trail. I've been wanting to capture this particular pose in the early morning sunlight, but I still think it's a nice portrait.
Rotating the camera rendered composition that included the duck's reflection.
This is the only time of year shorebirds can be found along the creek corridor. Both Solitary Sandpipers and Spotted Sandpipers work the banks in search of invertebrates to eat. During fall migration, which begins in summer, these two species stick to the ponds.
On Sunday the creek corridor hosted the same bird species as the previous day, so Sylvia, Lisa, and I went to Baxter's Hollow to check out the wildflowers there. Dottie was doing the MS Walk so she wasn't able to join us.
Most wildflowers were closed on account of the cold weather, but there were still a few gems for us to admire. Bird-wise, it was quiet. There were several Louisiana Waterthrushes singing and defending territories along Otter Creek, but the only other warbler was an Ovenbird that sang a few times. We heard no Winter Wrens, which seemed strange.
Pheasant Branch, Dane, Wisconsin, US
Apr 30, 2016 6:30 AM - 9:30 AM
Great Blue Heron
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
All images © 2016 Mike McDowell