The following molting Tree Swallows were photographed along the famous “floating boardwalk” at Horicon Marsh National Wildlife Refuge. The trail can be found along the refuge auto tour loop and is a must for every visit to the marsh.
Great Egret With a Great Double Catch
At Horicon Marsh we observed hundreds of Great Egrets. In one view there were more than 20! This Great Egret was deeply concentrating on fishing and successfully made a double catch. ** View larger for more detail **
Horicon Marsh in September
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
Battle of the Redheads
Our recent trip to Horicon Marsh NWR yielded an interesting squabble between a pair of Redheads. The battle was captured with our Swarovski Digiscoping rig. Did you notice the male Mallard looking on to the left?
Smitten With Bitterns
The following is a series of photos of a most photogenic American Bittern. We visited Horicon Marsh NWR in central Wisconsin and while driving along one of the dike roads (Main Dike Road) we discovered (among MANY) bitterns, this one right next to the road. We were able to stand as close as 5 feet
Horicon Marsh De-Rail-ment
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
Hemlock Draw – Sauk County Wisconsin
A draw or hollow refers to a valley or long narrow gorge between two clefts of rock. – The Nature Conservancy In our south central Wisconsin search for the Worm-eating Warbler (and other great birds), we took a hike at Hemlock Draw Nature Preserve. Many species found here are typical of northern Wisconsin, making it
Wisconsin NWR Budget Issues
Wisconsin National Wildlife Refuges are facing a $16.7 million deficit in funding, greatly hurting the management of these wonderful bird havens. A typical scene at Horicon in July Horicon National Wildlife Refuge staffing will be reduced to a single maintenance worker, shared with three other refuges. This will severely impact maintenance of the miles of