It is getting WILD out on Horicon Marsh. The warm weather throughout this weekend has brought reports flooding in of different birds to be on the lookout for! Ruddy ducks, Cowbirds, Phoebe, Brown Creeper, Pelicans and even a report or two of Purple Martins! Owl chicks have been spotted, too.
The appearance of warmer weather and sunshine is a welcome addition to the trails. Stay safe, practice social distancing and keep on observing wildlife!
Lots of great movement over the weekend! The Wisconsin Bird Conservation Partnership posted a radar image online showing a great volume of bird movement heading into southern and central Wisconsin-how exciting to track those movements!
Our avid birders have been sending us reports of different movement throughout the week with reports of ducks in full spring plumage! A few varieties that have been mentioned to us: Redhead, Woodduck, Greater and Lesser Scaup, Ringneck, Wigeon, and Goldeneye. Be on the lookout for these dabblers and divers!
Some other sightings of note: Fox Sparrows, Tree Swallows, and Cormorant. Grackles, House Finches nest building and Chickadees excavating tree cavities. Keep an eye on the sky when you get out-you never know what will show up next!
A great resource for referral is this handy check list from the Horicon Marsh Bird Club:
Bird Club Marsh Bird Checklist
Spring has sprung! The water on the marsh is about 50% open at this point. Lots of Canada Geese have been coming in over the last week and we’re seeing Sandhill Cranes and Trumpeter Swans as well. Common Mergansers are leading the Duck varieties, with a Ringnecks, Scaup and a sprinkling of Canvasbacks. The International Crane Foundation has confirmed the return of three Whooping Cranes-exciting!
Even though the Center is closed at this time, trails are accessible during daylight hours and the auto tour is open. Get out and get some fresh air!