Hey, remember in May when I went to Horicon Marsh? It's funny, I've always been the sort of blogger who puts stuff up as she goes, never one with a backlog of material but as the Internet has changed to interacting with people via Facebook and Twitter, I don't blog as much and now I have a glut of back posts and photos. Last week on one of my bird surveys, I found a yellow-throated vireo, then a Tennessee warbler and even a yellow-rumped...a pang hit me--an early mixed flock? Fall warbler migration! Noooooo! Perhaps it was the long, slow cold spring (I wore gloves in June) but it seems like it was only two weeks ago that I was watching warblers like the above American redstart pop in through new leaves.
Horicon Marsh is an awesome place. And if you are looking for a great place to stay and relax when not birding, I highly recommend the Audubon Inn in nearby Mayville, WI. It's a lovely old huge hotel in the theme of John James Audubon--even some of the windows in the hotel have his paintings etched in them. The rooms are lovely, the floors full of cozy common areas with books, buy my absolute favorite part with the hotel bar--the food was excellent and it made for some great people watching. It was a great place to get to know the local townsfolk and fun to watch their interactions and it had Internet access.
Below are some of the birds that I managed to digiscope while out an about Horicon Marsh:
Black-necked stilt (part of a pair).
Sandhill cranes...caught in the middle of the cloacal kiss.
Sandhill cranes trying to pretend that I didn't just catch them in the middle of something.