Friday, September 4, 2009

mosaic of habitats - KMSF


In the northern unit of the Kettle Moraine State Forest, one can find magical spots like the one pictured above - mosaics of small wetlands surrounded by forest. The marsh here is deep enough to have provided habitat for nesting Pied-billed Grebes, and now hosts a migrant Green-winged Teal - while the forest surrounding it harbors the expected Red-eyed Vireos, Eastern Wood-Pewees, Great Crested Flycatchers, Veeries, Ovenbirds - and near here, a Red-shouldered Hawk. Migrant passerines will be making use of this land mosaic in the weeks ahead.

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