At 10 a.m. today (5/23), four other observers and I saw a Yellow-throated
Warbler from a distance of 20 feet for about 10 seconds while the bird
hopped in the grass in the picnic area below (north of) the Whitewater
State Park Nature Store (same general area where this species occurred last
May, first Winona County record, and then bred successfully). Heard what
was likely the same bird singing in early afternoon on 5/22 (but could not
locate it), and then again on 5/23 (when I did relocate it as it sang 50-60
feet up in a tall white pine across the entrance road south of the
Nature Store, immediately adjacent to and east of Rt. 74). Please stop in
the Nature Store or the park HQ to get a permit if you don't have one.
Otherwise your car may be ticketed.
One Louisiana Waterthrush was singing about noon along the Trout Run Creek
trail about 0.5 miles south of the trailhead parking lot, which you can
access by car from the Nature Store parking lot (the two lots are located
about 0.5 miles apart).
One Tufted Titmouse was singing at about 8 a.m. near the intersection of
Rt. 39 and Calico Hill Road. This intersection is accessed by driving north
on Rt. 74 from the Whitewater Park HQ, turning left (west) on Rt. 39 (after
the turn the Lazy D Campgrounds will be on your right), and driving
0.9 miles to the intersection with Calico Hill Road on your right.
Blue-winged Warbler, Wood Thrush, and Veery were all singing near this
intersection as well. An extremely late Purple Finch was singing in a
hedgerow about 0.5 miles up Calico Hill Road.
Observed 102 species, including 19 species of warblers, in and around
Whitewater State Park and Whitewater WMA on 5/22-23.
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