Date: 5/13/18 7:21 pm From: Yoyi Steele <yoyi...> Subject: [wisb] Jefferson County migrants - Dorothy Carnes Park/Rose Lake State Natural Area
Good evening Wisbirders, I took my son out for a bird walk at Dorothy Carnes County Park (part of Rose Lake State Natural Area) today. We visited the west unit of the park, which has a nice observation platform overlooking Rose Lake, and looked for birds (and worms, and snails, and flowers, and whatever else captured his attention - he is quite good at spotting garlic mustard now) out on the lake and in the adjacent woods.
We were overtaken by a nice wave of warblers in the woods. Most of these were yellow-rumps, and there were many, but mixed in with them were palm, chestnut-sided, blackpoll, Tennessee, and black-throated green warblers. I saw my first scarlet tanagers of the spring (two males and a female) and my first red-eyed vireo.
I also saw and/or heard yellow warbler, song sparrow, house wren, American redstart, blue-gray gnatcatcher, rose-breasted grosbeak, indigo bunting, gray catbird, warbling vireo, and Baltimore oriole.
The lake had Canada geese, wood duck, American coot, pied-billed grebe, sandhill crane, red-winged blackbird, and loads of swallows swirling around over the water (I saw, tree, barn, and rough-winged). There were black terns flying around the far side of the lake. A handful of pelicans were circling and a bald eagle flew over. I saw two Eastern kingbirds in the marshy vegetation along the shore.
It was nice to see some Canada and rue anemones, Jacob's ladder, wild geranium, mayapple, early meadow rue, jack-in-the-pulpit, and trilliums blooming.
A brown thrasher, my first of the spring, flew across the road in front of the car and into some shrubs as we were leaving.