Saturday, May 7, 2016
Very good day today for bike-birding! I got good looks at 15 spp. of warblers; had to let a few others (heard only) go as "maybes." Found a young Great Horned Owl to still be in the nest, whereas most others have already fledged. Still some Ruby-crowned Kinglets around. First Blue-headed Vireos I've encountered this season. Watched a Clay-colored Sparrow singing from two feet up in a nearby bush, which was fun. First hummingbird as well. And the Cardinal nestlings I'd been watching are suddenly not there -- I hope they fledged successfully and aren't now in the belly of a free-ranging cat.
Yes, I'm leading trips, including one on Sunday morning.
Friday, April 29, 2016
Today: biked around town, noticed the first Catbird, Swainson's Thrush and Green Heron that I've encountered this year. A flock of about 50 Bonaparte's Gulls, most in breeding plumage, flew over me at one point. Towhees in a couple places, various raptors, lots of "screeners," etc. A normal, wonderful day.
Thursday, April 28, 2016
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Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Butterflies are alive and flying! In Madison, they have not succumbed to frost. To find them, seek out COMPOSITES, i.e. plants in the family Compositae...especially goldenrods, tall purple Asters ("New England Aster") and asters with many small, white flowers ("Frost Aster"). These can be found in wild or feral places: near community gardens, along railroad tracks and bikepaths, in "vacant" lots. Probably the most common butterfly you'll find yet this year are Orange Sulphurs, but you might also see any of the following: Clouded Sulphur, Dainty Sulphur (2012 is a banner year for this species), Cabbage Butterfly, Fiery Skipper, Common Checkered-Skipper, Sachem (another skipper) and _____. This last is up to you... DF