The Horicon Marsh Wrens had their Birding Blitz today around the Horicon area. 9 birders joined Jeff Bahls and I for a day of birding. Started at the education center on Hwy 28 and got osprey and cliff swallows. No white-faced ibis for the last 2 days. Had great looks at parula, blackburnian, black-throated green, palm, yellow, yellow-rumped, Nashville warblers and northern waterthrush at Ziegler Park in Mayville (Dodge County). Moved to Northern Road for bobolink, Swainson's thrush, great-crested flycatcher, rose-breasted grosbeak, and a brown creeper.
Dike Road was pretty slow but we added yellow-headed blackbird, least flycatcher, black tern, common gallinule, swamp sparrow and common yellow throat.
We found great horned owl and red-tailed hawk nests on Point Road. Added sora and Virginia rail at Ledge Road.
The auto tour produced a trumpeter swan, warbling vireo, bufflehead, redhead, lesser scaup and shoveler.
Ended the day on Hwy. 49 with at least 10 black-necked stilts. Struck out on avocets and the snowy egret that had been reported earlier. Overall we had 94 species with a noticable absence of shorebirds (high water and ran out of time!). What a beautiful day to be out birding!
Don't forget the Horicon Marsh Bird Festival runs from May 10-14. We hope to see you there!