Warblers. We needed to find more warblers! This time around, our journey took us to the beautiful Baxter's Hollow Nature Conservancy, Governor Dodge and Wyalusing State Parks. Our goal? To find the rare Cerulean and Kentucky Warblers. And maybe a Henslow's Sparrow? The weather conditions were severe and it made our challenge more challenging:)
As a birder with a lifebird target list, I am not allowed to stay and enjoy an area for a long period of time. These were some of those places I wished we could have camped for several days. There was so much wonderful habitat and not enough time to properly explore it all. And the storms didn't help either. To make things worse, I was eating a HOT cheese and ham croissant. I took one bite and a squirt of the hot melted liquid cheese burned me and stained my shirt. And I wore this shirt for two days. How gross was I? What we do for the birds:)
|A cool stream runs along a rock wall at Governor Dodge State Park|
|Song Sparrow on Lupin|
|We navigate the wet and slick trails under the canopy of the dark forested Baxter's Hollow|
The Kentucky Warbler IS a rare bird to Wisconsin during the month of June. We heard a chip note that was different from the rest. The bird was circling around us watching. The rain also began to fall causing poor photography conditions.
Today, the American Bird Conservancy is working with its Colombian partner, Fundación ProAves, to protect wintering habitat for these warblers and other songbirds. Click on the link for more information. Every time I add a new life bird, my knowledge base increases and my birding powers become stronger:) This is the benefit from constant research on our planet's birds. I listen to their calls, memorize their habitat and read about their status. And it takes time!
Field Sparrows, Eastern Bluebirds, Ruby-throated Hummingbirds........everywhere! A pair of Bald Eagles hunts along a river.
And we continue our adventures. For now, I'll leave you with a recording of our Eastern Whip-poor-will find and video from Karen Carpenter:) Until next time......