In late February you don’t expect to see Turkey Vultures soaring over the bluffs, but we spotted our first pair last evening while out watching the sunset over the Devil’s Lake State Park’s East Bluff.
This year many spring birds have already returned to the Baraboo Hills including Sandhill Cranes and Red-Winged Blackbirds. One easy location to hear them is over on the Merrimac Preserve Trails on the south-east corner of the park.
According to the USGS National Phenology Network, spring is at least 2-3 weeks early across almost the entire Southeast and is likely to keep heading north, already bringing surprising signs of spring to portions the central Midwest. Check out the animation below!
For the full report on this warm, weird spring from the USGS click here. And the next time you visit Devil’s Lake, don’t forget to look up!