Horicon Marsh is located in central Wisconsin, NE of Madison, and encompasses over 32,000 acres. In the early 1900s attempts were made to drain the marsh for agriculture. Eventually, farmers realized the land could not be adequately cultivated and thankfully as time went on, restoration projects started and continue to this day to make Horicon
We finally had a chance to make a quick day trip to Horicon Marsh, one of Wisconsin’s premiere birding locations and a place Roger Tory Peterson included in his top 12 places to bird. Having made over a dozen trips here, RTP was definitely correct. Horicon Marsh Horicon is a great place for birders of
When most people think of Horicon Marsh, they think of geese. Canada Geese (along with Snow, Cackling and others) use Horicon’s massive marshland and surrounding farm fields as a stopover during migration. Thousands of these honking beauties can be seen and the sight of long strings and “V’s” of geese is truly amazing. No, that’s
The Birdfreak Team loves Horicon Marsh. This bird haven found in central Wisconsin northeast of Madison, is a great place to find a wide assortment of marsh birds. Roger Tory Peterson named Horicon one of his top twelve places to bird. There are several great Websites that promote Horicon Marsh. Enjoy Horicon Marsh is a
As borderland birders – living along the Illinois-Wisconsin border – we are rewarded with great birdspots in both of these beautiful Midwestern states. We also try to monitor any news and sightings from our northerly friends. One topic that has been up for debate (again) is what to do about Horicon Marsh’s dreadful Highway 49.
One of the main reasons we decided to visit Horicon Marsh in July (other than the fact that it is always great birding) was to find shorebirds. Our list wasn’t very big, but Veery got a lifer, the Short-billed Dowitcher. We also saw Solitary, Semi-palmated and Spotted Sandpipers, Lessor Yellowlegs, and lots of Killdeer. Lessor
Great Egrets at Horicon Marsh 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
To complete our weekend at Horicon we began with an early morning to hear the wonderful sounds of the marsh. We were rewarded with an American Bittern “ooomm-ka-choooming”, a Virginia Rail and Soras. As it got lighter out we saw a Short-eared Owl and a ton of American White Pelicans. There were several hundred and