A recent trip to Horicon Marsh NWR was the beginning of The New Birder Experience. What was the first official bird to land on Stacia’s Life List?
The weather was practically perfect: warm, breezy and clear. The birds were active and showy offering me, as teacher, a much easier time to point out birds. We took our time to really enjoy each new bird, a generally good practice with newer birders. The temptation to rattle off every singing bird, every airborne feathery creature was there, but we weren’t on a big day. This was purely for fun and I wanted to not overwhelm.
Horicon Marsh is completely loaded with birds year round and we were not disappointed. Lifer #1 was no other than a Great Egret (a bird we saw plenty of throughout the day but did not photograph). We traveled along the main dike road for the wide open views and one of the most fun sightings were all the young American Coots.
Unbelievably, within a few minutes of driving on the dike road we were treated with a flyby American Bittern, a great bird for a first time out! We saw a Black-crowned Night-heron, American White Pelicans, and just a nice sampling of large marsh birds. We had a fantastic time and plan on many more birding trips!!