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.

Palm Warbler

Common Violet

The White-throated Sparrows return en masse when the violets bloom...

White-throated Sparrow

Common Violet

Common Violet

The Belted Kingfisher searches for fish to eat along the creek corridor...

Belted Kingfisher

The Wood Ducks guard the nest box...

Wood Duck (male)

Wood Duck (female)

And more wildflowers...

Virginia Bluebell

Dutchman's Breeches

Yellow Trout Lily

Pheasant Branch, Dane, Wisconsin, US
Apr 24, 2016 6:30 AM - 10:30 AM
50 species

Canada Goose
Wood Duck
Blue-winged Teal
Northern Shoveler
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Cooper's Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Solitary Sandpiper
Ring-billed Gull
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
American Kestrel
Eastern Phoebe
Blue-headed Vireo
Blue Jay
American Crow
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Tree Swallow
Black-capped Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
House Wren
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
American Robin
European Starling
Orange-crowned Warbler
Nashville Warbler
Palm Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Yellow-throated Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler
Chipping Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
Northern Cardinal
Red-winged Blackbird
Common Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird
House Finch
Purple Finch
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow

All images © 2016 Mike McDowell

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