Thursday, May 17, 2012

Some birds I did not notice today...

  Despite the date, today I did not observe the following:  Yellow-bellied Flycatcher, Acadian Flycatcher, Alder Flycatcher, Canada Warbler, Yellow-billed or Black-billed Cuckoo, Dickcissel, Bobolink, Bewick's Wren, Upland Sandpiper or Common Nighthawk.   I did encounter Wilson's and Tennessee Warblers, Swainson's and Gray-cheeked Thrushes, and Red-headed Woodpecker.  More migrants are bound to come through...perhaps on Friday morning? 
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Thursday, May 10, 2012

Today I biked out early and watched, at an Undisclosed Location, a couple birds singing.  Okay, it happens every day, but these particular birds were two that are only found in Madison during migration (they breed farther north) and whose songs I am not very familiar with:  Lincoln's Sparrow and Philadelphia Vireo.  Seeing these two vocalize was the high point (thus far) of my day, much more so than seeing Sandhill Cranes, a Great Horned Owl, a male Wood Duck and a male Eastern Bluebird. 

You don't have to get up at 4:20 to see/hear such you might find out this weekend on any of my guided, by-bike field trips.  Please drop me an email for