Sunday, April 03, 2016

There's Wildlife in the Conservancy!

American Robin

Noticing me with my photography gear and binocular, a man jogging along the creek corridor trail asked:

"There's wildlife in here?"

Why yes ― yes, there is!

There are toads, frogs, turtles, salamanders, snakes, pike, voles, shrews, mice, moles, bats, chipmunks, squirrels, flying squirrels, rabbits, mink, muskrats, woodchuck, otter, skunks, raccoons, opossum, foxes, coyotes, deer, cranes, turkey, owls, hawks, sparrows, warblers, moths, butterflies, flies, dragonflies, bugs, beetles, grasshoppers, spiders, crayfish, and more.

And as birds go, around 200 species use the conservancy each year.

Brown Creeper

It didn't rain, but it was still a very windy day. It wasn't as bad along the creek corridor on account of the surrounding trees.


I literally watched Bloodroot open over the course of an hour.

Golden-crowned Kinglet

Loads of Golden-crowned Kinglets today.

Virginia Bluebell just about ready to bloom.

Virginia Bluebell

A very chewy Muskrat!


And the chickadees were hard at work!

Black-capped Chickadee

I finished my day at the prairie, enjoying the beautiful sky.

Pheasant Branch, Dane, Wisconsin, US
Apr 3, 2016 7:00 AM - 11:00 AM
54 species

Canada Goose
Wood Duck
Blue-winged Teal
Northern Shoveler
Lesser Scaup
Common Loon
Pied-billed Grebe
Turkey Vulture
Cooper's Hawk
Bald Eagle
Red-tailed Hawk
American Coot
Sandhill Crane
Ring-billed Gull
Mourning Dove
Great Horned Owl
Belted Kingfisher
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
American Kestrel
Eastern Phoebe
Blue Jay
American Crow
Tree Swallow
Black-capped Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
Brown Creeper
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
American Robin
European Starling
Cedar Waxwing
Yellow-rumped Warbler
American Tree Sparrow
Field Sparrow
Fox Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Song Sparrow
Eastern Towhee
Northern Cardinal
Red-winged Blackbird
Eastern Meadowlark
Common Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird
House Finch
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow

All images © 2016 Mike McDowell


  1. Wonderful photo of the Kinglet. I am eternally grateful to Kinglets because they made me become a birdwatcher. I was 28 and jogging past a bush in the Arboretum where a bunch of them were hanging out and I was amazed that there were these tiny little olive colored birds that I never knew existed before. So I got a field guide and quickly realized I also needed binoculars which I got from KMart on the Beltline. I've upgraded my binoculars and got more field guides over the years but never stopped watching birds. Maybe it would have happened anyway but I have always been very glad those Kinglets caught my eye when they did so I didn't waste any more years NOT watching birds! Thanks again for all the wonderful photos and text.