Category Archives: Birds

Wild Black Raspberries…for the birds?

How do you know when the wild black raspberries are ripe? A short walk at the PGT makes it obvious. I’m not sure which bird(s) perched here, but clearly we’re not the only ones who think the new benches are … Continue reading

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Henslow’s Sparrow – Boring Bird?

If you aren’t a serious birder you’ll probably find the Henslow’s Sparrow boring. It’s small, drab and it usually hangs out in low clumps of dried grass. Cornell’s website calls them “uncommon and famously inconspicuous.” The fact that it is … Continue reading

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Kentucky Warbler

This is one of the common warblers that nest at the Prairie Garden Trust. They tend to hide in the underbrush so it’s easier to hear them than it is to see them. I photographed this one a few days … Continue reading

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Summer Tanager

This morning I found this male Summer Tanager hanging out at one of the new viewing areas we’ve built at the Prairie Garden Trust. We call it the Savanna Bluff Overlook. He allowed me to get very close to get … Continue reading

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PGT Sidewalk

This is a shot of the sidewalk by the PGT Visitor Center taken this morning. We were out searching for new birds and found three beauties: Blackburnian Warbler Chestnut-sided Warbler Prairie Warbler

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Wilson’s Warbler

Every day new migrants are arriving. This morning I was able to see and photograph this Wilson’s Warbler. He’s just passing through on his way to breed in Northern Canada. We also saw our first Green Heron today. Peak song … Continue reading

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Saturday AND Sunday for Birdwalk

We’ve decided to offer the PGT Birdwalk on both Saturday and Sunday (April 30th and May 1st). We added Sunday because there is a high probability of rain on Saturday morning. Both bird walks will start at the PGT Visitor … Continue reading

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New Birds!

Four new migrants came in with the rain last night: Kentucky Warbler Common Yellowthroat Blue-winged Warbler (see attached) Worm-eating Warbler All four of them nest here at the PGT. On my morning walk today I identified 48 different kinds of … Continue reading

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PGT a Birding Hotspot

Birdwatching Magazine calls the Prairie Garden Trust a “Birding Hotspot”. Take a look at the this link or if you have a copy of the April 2016 magazine go to page 47. Birdwatching is my favorite birding magazine. Not only … Continue reading

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Ruby-throated Hummingbird

On a walk this morning I heard the chatter of hummingbirds near the edge of Beaver Lake. As I went to inspect I found them feeding in a patch of Rose Turtlehead. The hummingbirds are starting to migrate south. In … Continue reading

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