June 1, 2013 — This year’s spring migration was very interesting as it brought many unusual birds into the area like Painted Bunting, Orchard Oriole and others. Now, most of the birds are busy with nesting and things will probably slow down until August when the fall migration starts. Birds in the area include: Osprey, Bald Eagle, Raven, Whip-poor-Will, Nighthawk, Towhee, yellow-headed Blackbird, Turkey, Scarlet Tanager, Egret, Loon, Turkey Vulture, Kiildeer, Tree Swallow, Cliff Swallow, Purple Finch, Bluebird, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Oriole, Red-eyed Vireo, Ovenbird, Great-crested Flycatcher, Black-billed Cuckoo and Chestnut-sided Warbler. Happy Birding!
June 1, 2013 — I had a Yellow-headed Blackbird visiting my feeders just for two days -- this is a very uncommon bird for our area. The transition to the nesting season has begun, with some late migrants still arriving. Birds that are now nesting include: Common Loon, Bluebird, Tree Swallow, Purple Martin, Mallard, Geese, Orioles, Woodducks, House Wrens, Chickadees, Osprey, Bald Eagle, Trumpeter Swan, Robin and Phoebe. A few birds that can be found in the area include: Common Loon, Osprey, Song Sparrow, Great Egret, Clay-colored Sparrow, Great Blue Heron, Ring-neck Duck, Nighthawks, Barred Owl, Redstart, Red-eyed Vireo, Catbird, Eastern Towhee, Blackbirds and Tree Swallow. Birds found at the Rice Lake/Lowell WMA on Co Rd 11 include nesting Osprey, Common Loon, Trumpeter Swan nesting, Red-winged Blackbird, Song Sparrow, Ring-necked Duck and Raven.
The number of Rose-breasted Grosbeaks that were once visiting many area feeders have slowed down some but still are coming to feeders. This has been a great year for Scarlet Tanagers with many of them being found coming to feeders. I had one person comment that its been 20 years since they have seen one on their property! Happy Birding!