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Birding in Kenosha

5/21/2018 - Jared Rasmussen

Interactive, Lake Michigan, Sports & Outdoors
A Tree and Bird City USA, Kenosha WI is a great place for bird watching
A Tree and Bird City USA, Kenosha WI is a great place for bird watching
A Tree and Bird City USA, Kenosha WI is a great place for bird watching
A Tree and Bird City USA, Kenosha WI is a great place for bird watching
A Tree and Bird City USA, Kenosha WI is a great place for bird watching
A Tree and Bird City USA, Kenosha WI is a great place for bird watching

When I initially applied to be a volunteer blogger for the Kenosha Area Convention & Visitors Bureau one year ago, I had recently moved to Kenosha and wanted to force myself to see more of it.  While accomplishing this during my first 12 submissions to this blog, my final entry is something I can actually enjoy from the comforts of home, or really anywhere in the region:  bird watching!

Having previously covered Kenosha’s diverse population and support of trees, it should come as no surprise that our county also boasts a wide variety of avian inhabitants.  The changing seasons bring migratory birds through the area, while many songbirds that live in the area year-round come out of hiding to mate and gather food.  Kenosha’s biodiversity at parks and nature preserves extends beyond the trees too: the natural waterfront is home to gulls and ducks, and the open prairies in the western part of the county are home to hawks. 

As an experiment, I tried to count and identify as many different species of birds as I could in the short walk between my condo and my morning cup of coffee in the HarborPark area.  In just a few blocks, I spotted at least two species of ducks, a flock of seagulls, finches, wrens, blackbirds, and two species that my rookie, Internet-assisted identification led me to believe were a blue-headed vireo and a common grackle.  Later in the day, I saw families of robins and mourning doves.  Though I did not see it, I distinctly heard at least one owl. (As I write this, my cat Allie is feverishly looking out the window for any species I may have missed.)

With such diversity, it is easy to see why bird-watching enthusiasts come to our area purposefully. With programs at Richard Bong State Recreation Area and Pringle Nature Center for experienced and novice bird-watchers, alike, there is plenty of opportunity to enjoy nature via winged species. The Chiwaukee Prairie is another nature area that provides a lovely background for birding. The Kenosha Public Museum’s Field Station encourages youngsters (and adults) to learn more about birds and gaze out the museum windows to spot a handful of varieties, too. 

Especially at this exciting time of the year, Kenosha eagerly welcomes bird-watchers to come practice their craft. You can use this great article from the National Audubon Society to learn how to start birding in any area. Bring your pair of binoculars and eyes to the skies! 

 

Thank you to Cindy Fredericksen for the use of her photos for this blog. To see more aviary photography from the Kenosha Area by Cindy, click here

Jared Rasmussen

Community Blogger

Carthage College Graduate. Kenosha Resident by way of Racine.  Roommate to Allie, the cat. Living near HarborPark. Interests include art, animals, sports, music, and dining at Kenosha restaurants.

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