[wisb] Southwest WI Birding Trip - long but scanable
- From: "Ty Baumann" <TyBa@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- To: <wisbirdn@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Sat, 29 May 2010 12:22:21 -0500
We took a leisurely 5 day birding/camping trip to Southwest Wisconsin, leaving after 4 PM Monday - first stop was Van Patten Rd. off 54 east of Shiocton. We were blessed with a LEAST BITTERN that flew across the road in front of the RV. We saw our first COM. NIGHTHAWK near King on Hwy 22. At Germania Marsh we had calling N. BOBWHITE. At dark near Comstock Bog were heard WOODCOCK, WHIP-POOR-WILLS, LONG-EARED & BARRED OWL. Putting on the tall boots we made our way along the ridge and out into the bog. Even with the noisy frogs and late calling birds we managed to hear one distant YELLOW RAIL. Being too hot to sleep, we drove through the night to Baxter's Hollow. At dawn there was a cacophony of bird song; LOUSIANA WATERTHRUSH, ACADIAN FLYCATCHER,WORM-EATING WARBLER, & YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO were among the other calls of Blue-winged Warbler, Wood Thrush, Veery, Winter Wren, Am. Redstarts, Black & White Warblers, Ovenbirds and N. Parula. As we drove to Spring Green the rains came, hard, later we heard over 2 inches for that area. In between the storms we walked into the Prairie. LARK SPARROW, GRASSHOPPER SPARROW, & 1 LE CONTES'S SPARROW called after the rain. Heard the N. MOCKINGBIRD to the west. Saw the ORCHARD ORIOLE and the surprise bird - a EUR. COLLARED DOVE. There were VESPER SPARROWS on the outskirts by the fields. Decided to camp at Gov. Dodge S.P. We found BELL'S VIREOS in two locations - one across from the highlands trail parking lot and one by the entrance to Stephan's Falls. At dawn we headed back east to Brooklyn WLA - Glad to have waterproof boots and rain pants to walk through the long wet grass on the Ice Age Trail off County DD east of Belleville. We first heard a YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT to the north and then another one straight east on the trail in the largest tree. We watched him sing on the outer top left branches for quite a while and left him undisturbed. Driving south on CC from Belleville, we encountered at least a dozen DICKCISSELS - one ever 50 yards or so. On to the Albany WLA to search for the WHITE-EYED VIREO on the bike trail west of Conservation Rd. We walked west of bridge #12 and thought we heard one to the distant south - not good enough to count so headed back east. As we neared the road - there was that loud distinctive call, practically right next to the RV. We had great looks and he stayed right there as we walked by. Took a back roads drive west to Wyalusing S.P. for a 2 night stay. Blessed with the only electric sight on the outside Ridge. We had great views and breezes. We found PROTHONOTARY WARBLERS at Bagley Bottoms and at the park boat landing. CERULEAN WARBLERS were all over the place - even in the campground. We had great looks at KENTUCKY WARBLERS in three different area. Acadian Flycatchers were on the road to the landing. It took us quite a while to find the YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER, but patience and diligence paid off as we waited for him to make his territorial rounds and spotted him on the very top of a tall white pine by the Homestead Picnic Area - only about 30 feet in on the trail. We had both Cuckoos in the park. Our destination for Friday was the Jackson County CHUCK-WILLS-WIDOW so with 12 hours to spare, we went to Necedah Nat. WLR finding 4 WHOOPING CRANES , TRUMPETOR SWANS, & 14 RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS. There was a COMMON LOON on one of the larger lakes along Cranberry Rd. to the northwest. Enjoyed Oxbow Pond Park for a few hours as we waited for the sun to set. Had a COMMON HIGHTHAWK sitting on a branch above our heads loudly calling every half hour until hunting time. When he left, he swooped down into the water for a drink. Lots of YELLOW-RUMPED, PINE, AND BLACK& WHITE WARBLERS in the park. Headed up to Bartos / Kirch Rd. intersection around 8 PM. Had HERMIT THRUSHES, & NASHVILLE WARBLERS singing. At 8:50 PM the CHUCK-WILL'S-WIDOW called loudly from the north just west of the gate to the correctional institute, really close by. What a great way to end a great birding trip! Added 24 FOY birds and had 148 species for the trip. Ida Baumann, Green Bay, Brown County #################### You received this email because you are subscribed to the Wisconsin Birding Network (Wisbirdn). To UNSUBSCRIBE or SUBSCRIBE, use the Wisbirdn web interface at: http://www.freelists.org/list/wisbirdn. To set DIGEST or VACATION modes, use the Wisbirdn web interface at: http://www.freelists.org/list/wisbirdn. Visit Wisbirdn ARCHIVES at: http://www.freelists.org/archives/wisbirdn.
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