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.
But Horicon Marsh is not only a Goose mecca but also loaded with ducks, blackbirds, Northern Shrikes, and a host of other wonderful birds. Perhaps most surprising were the large numbers of Sandhill Cranes. We counted roughly 1,354 cranes!! This is by far the most we’ve ever seen.
Amidst the struggle to count cranes, we spotted numerous other wonderful birds.
Another highlight was the five Northern Harriers we spotted. These “Marsh Hawks” are always a blast to watch, flying low over the marsh looking for a meal. We finished with 46 species at Horicon and did our best to keep a count of all the birds we saw. Our grand total was 7,992 birds. We saw 12 species of ducks including 20 Northern Pintails, 80 Northern Shovelers, and 82 Ruddy Ducks.