Tuesday, May 7, 2013

update from just east of Madison - the "long walk" - start of walking day 13

Thanks to Robin Squier for posting updates while I have limited internet connectivity. I am leaving from Cottage Grove this morning, and walking into the east side of Madison. I walked some distance on the Glacial Drumlin Trail yesterday with Matt and Clare Carlson, and later in the day with Brian Bub. Thanks very much to Karen Etter Hale and Jim Hale for their help this week, and to Brian Bub and his wife Laura for their help also.

I am at species number 115, and mile 112 of the "long walk for birds". Recent additions included Pied-billed Grebe, with additional individuals of other wetland birds in the small wetlands that are found adjacent to the trail between Deerfield and Cottage Grove. A good number of Lesser Yellowlegs, Solitary Sandpipers, and cranes were in these locations, with fairly numerous Northern Waterthrushes near the stream crossings, along with very abundant House Wrens now actively singing on territories. Yellow Warblers and some Yellow-rumped Warblers continue to show up frequently, with increasing numbers of Rose-breasted Grosbeaks these last few days.

By Tuesday night I expect to be approximately 50% of the way to my destination in Prairie du Chien WI.

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