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July 16, 2007
The Birdfreak Team set out to explore Horicon Marsh in Wisconsin, to see what late July had to offer. We last visited Horicon Marsh on Mother’s Day and were excited to see how much had changed over two months.
There was much more plant growth and we found many prairie and wetland flowers in full bloom, such as this Rattlesnake Master (Eryngium yuccifolium).
We noticed that there were many more Great Egrets and Great Blue Herons this time around, as well as Black-crowned Night-Herons and Green Herons.
Earlier in the week, a Little Blue Heron was discovered, a rare find for Horicon Marsh. A local birder we ran into told us that the Little Blue was seen earlier that morning, but unfortunately, we missed him.
Three of the four Black-crowned Night-Herons we saw along Highway 49
There were many Sandhill Cranes flying around and calling. We spotted a lovely couple on Dike Road, one of the dirt roads that take you into a part of the marsh. Here we also spotted a pair of Northern Harriers and plenty of Double-crested Cormorants.
Sandhill Cranes (above) and Double-crested Cormorant (below)
We also saw quite a few American White Pelicans, and a few Canada Goose. Stay tuned for the “Little Birds” of our Horicon Marsh trip.
American White Pelicans (above) and Great Egrets (below)