Horicon Marsh memorial day for Glossy Ibis
- On memorial Day I mad my first birding foray into Wisconsin with Lee and Lynda Johnson, Dave Seal and my wife. We visited Horicon Marsh yesterday in search of the reported rarities and we cleaned up. Luckily for us the weather was pleasant enough, not too much heat and the rain stayed away (mostly). A crack of dawn start got us to the marsh pretty early and it didn't take us long to find the Black-necked Stilts, White-faced Ibis and Gloss Ibis as they were all in the same area. We had good close looks at all the main protagonists. In the same area a flock or around 100 shorebirds were found but unfortunately not seen very closely, however the flock appeared to mainly consist of Dunlin and Least Sands. We located a few Saunders Terns and more than a few Black Terns, which are truly stunning birds. Pelicans were everywhere, and to my suprise more than a few Common Moorhens were seen, unlike the Sora, which was only heard.
Of the rest many Sedge Wrens were heard and a few seen, Swamp and Song Sparrows were everywhere, other Passerines were few and far between, Warbling Vireo was heard but not seen, a cracking male Yellow Warbler was seen well and a Baltimore Oriole was heard and seen in flight. We did also hear, and I saw a Bobolink. DC cormorants were dotted around, plus several GT Egrets. Later an American Bittern was seen in flight and BC Night herons were abundant. Raptors were pretty sparse but we observed a couple of ring-tail Northern Harriers , plus Kestrel, red-tail and TV's.
Later we found a lot of Ducks: Mallard and Redheads, Canvasback, Green-winged Teal, Blue-winged Teal, Shoveler and Gadwall plus a few Pied-billed grebes and of course loads of American Coots.
Of note was the huge swathes of dead vegetation in parts of the reserve due to management of cattails and other invasive plants.
List (in no particular order)
Black-crowned Night heron
Gt Blue Heron
American Black Tern
American White Pelican