Sunday, October 25, 2015

October Paradise

"Fall colors are funny. They’re so bright and intense and beautiful. It’s like nature is trying to fill you up with color, to saturate you so you can stockpile it before winter turns everything muted and dreary."

― Siobhan Vivian

Saturday was overcast with periodic sprinkles and rain, but Sunday was ridiculously beautiful. Naturally, I went birding both days. Early this morning I held my last public bird walk of the year at the prairie parcel of Pheasant Branch Conservancy. We found ten species of emberizids (sparrows) and got pretty good looks at most of them. I don't think I recall seeing so many White-crowned Sparrows, but I would have to check my eBird records to be sure. After the bird walk, I spent the rest of the day photographing the amazing autumn colors.

White-throated Sparrow

American Tree Sparrow

White-crowned Sparrow

Pheasant Branch, Dane, Wisconsin, US
Oct 25, 2015 7:30 AM - 12:00 PM
50 species

Canada Goose
Ring-necked Pheasant
Bald Eagle
Red-tailed Hawk
Sandhill Crane
Ring-billed Gull
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove
Barred Owl
Belted Kingfisher
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Blue Jay
American Crow
Horned Lark
Black-capped Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
Winter Wren
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Eastern Bluebird
American Robin
American Pipit
Cedar Waxwing
Snow Bunting
Yellow-rumped Warbler
American Tree Sparrow
Chipping Sparrow
Fox Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
White-crowned Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Savannah Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Lincoln's Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
Northern Cardinal
Red-winged Blackbird
Rusty Blackbird
Common Grackle
House Finch
Purple Finch
Pine Siskin
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow

All images © 2015 Mike McDowell

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