[wisb] Horicon - Dike Rd. today

  • From: Peter Fissel <pfissel@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: Wisconsin Birding Network <wisbirdn@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 04 Oct 2009 21:23:24 -0500

After a sluggish start, I got up to Horicon around 12:30 this afternoon.  There 
were at least three Great Egrets along Hwy 28 on the south side.  Dike Road was 
very quiet until I got out past the water control structure, when I finally 
started to see some geese.  One flock of Canadas that came in had a couple of 
Cacklers with them.  Another Gr. Egret flew over, and Merlin swooped low over 
the marsh to the east. Besides lots of Mallards, I saw a few No. Pintails 
flying by.  As I walked the road, an American Bittern flushed - a bit of a 
surprise, and almost certainly the first I've seen in October.  There were 
several Marsh Wrens in the downed phragmites and in the reeds on the north side 
of the road.  Swamp Sparrows were somewhat numerous, and there were single 
Savannah and imm. White-crowned.

I hit another little flock of sparrows, etc., on N. Point Rd. at the east end 
of the Old Marsh Rd. - lots of White-crowned, both adult and immatures, 
White-throats and at least one Field.  Looked to be lots of ducks in the 
channel going south from Hwy 49 west of the pumphouse, but I was looking 
directly into the sun at that point, so didn't try scoping.

Peter Fissel
Madison, WI

P.S. If anyone wants to see the photos of the Rufous Hummer that were forwarded 
to me, let me know backchannel and I'll send them.
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