Perfect spring weather is here in southern Wisconsin this week. We spent Sunday afternoon tromping around in the woods in the Baraboo Hills, some low hills that are remnants of an ancient mountain range. We visited Baxter's Hollow Preserve, a preserve of over 5,000 acres (over 2,000 hectares) protected by Nature Conservancy.
The paved road into the preserve parallels Otter Creek. It's a dead end road and great for birding in any foot gear. It would be an excellent place to take someone with limited mobility or in a wheelchair. There's almost no traffic and excellent birds and wildflowers to be seen. The sound track is the burbling of the creek and no man-made sounds. It's my idea of heaven. By the way, for other ideas of birding in southern Wisconsin for those with limited mobility, check out this article.
We saw Blackburnian warblers, Yellow-throated vireos, lots of American Redstarts, Blue-gray gnatcatchers, Rose-breasted grosbeaks, and a Veery, just to name some highlights.
After we had birded the road a while we had the elegant little snack with tea that Al and Barb brought along.