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Middleton is proud of its “Bird City Wisconsin” status and although birds can be seen throughout the area, one of the finest places to catch a glimpse of our feathered friends is Pheasant Branch Conservancy. Home to more than 200 different species of birds, Pheasant Branch is an oasis of woodlands, wetlands and prairies, making it an ideal spot for songbirds, waterfowl and wading birds.

Fall and spring are especially good times to birdwatch in Pheasant Branch, as the migratory birds make their departures and returns with the changing seasons.

Esser Pond, located near Greenway Station, is another great place to catch a glimpse of ducks, herons, cranes and geese. Trails provide access to the northern edge of this complex of open water and wetlands.

If you’re looking for migratory songbirds, check out the Pheasant Branch Creek Corridor Trail, named for the adjacent waterway of the same name. The woods that line the creek are a fantastic spot to stop, look and listen for these beautiful creatures.