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

Testing, testing....2016



   Quick brown thrush flew over the zleeping dog

Friday, January 23, 2015

Bird flies north!


  Yesterday in Madison, a large bird was observed flying north...Could this mean anything?

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Let's see if I remember how to do this...goodbye cobwebs, hello Pine Warblers.

Friday, April 5, 2013


What a great day!  Lots of new-for-the-year birds here in Madsion, including Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Barn Swallow, Fox Sparrow, Golden-crowned Kinglet and (what a delightful singer!) Winter Wren.  This low-carb birding is fun, ain't it folks.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Some butterflies I did notice yesterday, October 16 2012....


Folks:

  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