The Gold Finch does migrate, but doesn't migrate as far as some of the other migrating birds, spending its Winters in the deep South, Florida and Southwest USA.
Another favorite backyard bird is the handsome Baltimore Oriole. With its flaming orange color and fantastic songs, the Oriole is one of the last migrators to make its way back to Wisconsin, usually making it to our parts around mid May.
Traveling from Mexico, Central America, and northern parts of South America, the Baltimore is sometimes mistaken for its close cousin the Bullock Oriole. The Baltimore stays around our parts through the month of September.
What is Spring without the horde of Warblers heading back to the Midwest? This Palm Warbler showed up down by the Lake Michigan waterfront looking for bugs.
We spotted this handsome Common Yellowthroat Warbler at Horicon Marsh in Central Wisconsin. Horicon is a haven for all sorts of amazing species of Warblers including Yellow-Rumped, Black & White, Cape May, and many, many others.
The Great Egret, named after the word aigrette, which means "ornamental tufts of plumage" was once hunted almost to extinction in the 1800s, but now are protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty of 1918.
Probably my favorite bird, and one of the more exciting to photograph, the Sandhill Crane, starts showing up here in Southeast Wisconsin about the the middle of April. You can often hear them before you even see them with the familiar "kar-r-r-r-r-o-o-o" call.
In the Spring and Summer you can find Sandhills all over, including any small body of water, along the side of a road, like this mother Sandhill, sitting on her nest, only feet from the side of the road.
|Family of Sandhill Crane|
This family of Sandhills was foraging for food just off the highway, feet from the road. This is a very common sight in the Spring and Summer. They are just a delight to watch, and listen to. I've only touched a few great mitigatory birds that come to Wisconsin in the Spring.