Horicon Marsh in September

Great Blue HeronHoricon 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 Marsh an epic birding locale.

For part of my birthday celebration, Stacia took me to Horicon Marsh to go birding and take photos. Horicon is a supreme place for bird photography because many of the birds are large, somewhat accustomed to human activity, and there are lots of them to find!

Numerous Great Egrets
Great Egrets

American White Pelicans
American White Pelicans

American Coots
American Coots

Great Egret
Great Egret

Great Blue Heron flying
Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron
Great Blue Heron

Pied-billed Grebe
Pied-billed Grebe

There is plenty of wildlife other than birds at Horicon as well. We found numerous butterflies and other insects, tons of turtles, a chipmunk, and a chubby muskrat.

Muskrat
Muskrat

Muskrat

Painted Turtles
Painted Turtles

If you’ve never been to Horicon Marsh it is a MUST SEE. We’ve been there over a dozen times and try to go at least once a year.

3 thoughts on “Horicon Marsh in September

  1. Wow…how awesome! Considering many of the birds, it almost looks like here! Looking forward to the coots returning to winter here. They’re always worth a chuckle. 😉 Great shot of the pelicans.

  2. Susan – thanks! Horicon is definitely a magnificent place.

    Lana – Thank you much! There were some places where it was hard to focus on any one bird (especially the coots) since there were so many.

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