With such views, people often forget where they are standing. Is it the Caribbean sea? Or is it Central America? There are times when I think I finally understand why warblers migrate to the US during the summer. Wisconsin, during the summer, is humid and rainy. There's lots of forest area for nesting. No different from Costa Rica or Panama.
When I finally located a Winter Wren calling, I observed the bird for about an hour absorbing the call and behavior. I watched the bird move from one patch to another. Photography is sometimes about prediction. I saw a spot that was good for this bird to perch and the gamble paid off. It's naturally mousy, fast and difficult to see!
We hiked through a lot of forest. Sometimes we had little people on the trails with us.
And sometimes I was alone with no one around for miles. I had an entire forest to myself! Well, and the deer:)
One of the places I monitored nearby home was at a preserve known as Woodland Dunes. In fact, much of my work was done here while I was home for the last week. It's quite a large area and unfortunately, I did not have the time to cover it all.
|Cindy Lupin and husband were just a few of the characters I kept bumping into while birding. They were really nice people and her hubby made a delicious apple pie!|
During our conversation, I find out that at least 12 or 13 warbler species nest in the Woodland Dunes area. That is amazing considering that some of them should be nesting further north. But for years, these warblers have relied on the Woodland Dunes as their preferred nesting area. I also found out that Bernie needs a Hermit Warbler. I invited him down to go chase this warbler and I think it will happen!! It's the least I can do for all the stuff he's taught me. So after lunch, it was back into the woods to try and find another one of those sneaky warblers.
So many of you are probably thinking, Where is Gordon? Well, he's coming up. We spent several months putting this bird expedition together and I have been organizing those photos and blogs into a coherent line of thoughtful writing:) I was home alone for a week after Gordon left so that I could spend time with the family. It worked out really well. Anyhow, there are some funny tales to be told. A post titled, The Kingsguard, is by far the most memorable experience this year. Stay tuned. There's lots more reporting and storytelling to do from the beautiful state of Wisconsin. Until next time.....
To the Canadians out there, hope you had a wonderful Canada Day! And for the US readers, Happy 4th tomorrow! Be safe and remember to be careful where you shoot those fireworks:) Arizona, let's keep the fires down to a minimum. Like 0 minimum:) We're just about done putting out the ones started in June!