Horicon Marsh, Waupun

Horicon Marsh Wildlife Area, Waupun, WI

Last Saturday, we took some time to visit a favorite spot of mine, the Horicon Marsh near Waupun. It was a nice day except for the mosquitoes. I was on the lookout for birds, and this trip did not disappoint. This location has a nice boardwalk where you can walk out over the marsh and observe the wildlife. We saw a variety of birds, a few turtles, and a water rodent (probably a muskrat, but it was too far away to really tell).

Horicon Marsh Boardwalk

The beginning or end of the boardwalk, depending on where you start…

Horicon Marsh - Bird in Tree

It’s so adorable!

Horicon Marsh Brid in Tree

Another one!

Cormorant in Tree - Horicon Marsh

The marsh, along with a cormorant posing in a tree.

Foster's Tern Horicon Marsh

This Foster’s Tern is chilling out here, but when they spot something to eat, they nose dive into the water.

Blue-Winged Teal Horicon Marsh

A pair of blue-winged teals.

At this point we were off of the boardwalk…and then there were geese. Lots of geese. The parents were pretty wary of us and there was some hissing, but we made it through the crowd without any issues.

Horicon Marsh Geese

All those babies!

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Adventures: Parfrey’s Glen

Parfrey’s Glen is another scenic area near Devil’s Lake State Park. It is probably more commonly known than Pewits Nest. At one time this was a nice and easy trail with a board walk, but in 2008 and 2010 storms flooded and damaged the area. Unfortunately this means the trail is not as accessible for all people. Still, if you are able, it is worth the little hike to the small waterfall in the gorge. Just wear good shoes.

Parfrey's Glen Waterfall

Starting with the end. This is where the end of the trail will lead you.

Parfrey's Glen Parfrey's Glen Parfrey's Glen

New Life

New Life

Parfrey's Glen Parfrey's Glen

This is definitely a place I want to return to in the fall.

American White Pelicans

A few years ago, I first noticed these large white birds on a little “lake” outside of Sun Prairie. I was surpised to find out they were pelicans. They seem like a tropical, exotic bird to me. Maybe I don’t get out much.

This spring, I waited and watched to see if they would come back. I had about given up hope, thinking they usually arrived sometime in May. On Monday, I was thrilled to notice they were back. Now, I just had to remember my camera.

Birdses!

Pelicans on Brazee Lake, Sun Prairie, WI

On Wednesday, the 3rd, I remembered my camera and stopped on my way home from work. This was the first time I had been to this lake and marsh. I wasn’t sure if I would be able to get close enough to get good pictures of the birds since they were on the opposite end of the lake, but thankfully, there is a little path to walk that led me close enough to get some pretty decent pictures.

One thing I noticed right away were these lumps on the beak of the birds. Apparently, they get these when they are in the breeding season, and they are called horns (according to Wikipedia). [insert horny joke here]

Not in front of me!

See the “horns?”

There was a couple of little groups that kept circling above the water.Fly little birdie!It was a beautiful afternoon, and I was thrilled to get these pictures. Scott and I went back today, the 5th, and it looks like they are continuing on their journey north. There were considerably less birds there today than earlier in the week.

The journey continues.

Today – Their journey continues.

This is probably a known fact, but I love birds! You will likely see more birds here soon. As for these guys, I’ll keep watch for them again next spring!

UPDATE 6/10/2015: They are still here! They must have been visiting elsewhere or a new batch has arrived.