As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Tuesday 16 October 2012

Northern, central Wisconsin bird-watchers enjoy fall migration

With its chilly temps and changing foliage, local bird enthusiasts say that autumn is the perfect time to fall in love with birding.

Aside from spring, autumn is the next best time for bird watching since so many birds are moving to and passing through central Wisconsin as they migrate south for the winter, said Lori Schubring, owner of Wild Birds Unlimited in Rib Mountain.

“Food availability is what really affects birds and drives them down our way,” Schubring said. “If they can’t find enough where they are in Canada or around the Article Circle, they’ll go south where they’ll have a better chance.”

Fall migration begins in late June with shorebirds and warblers, followed by sparrows and water fowl migrating throughout the fall, said 47-year-old Dan Belter of Weston, an avid birder for the past 25 years.

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