At least 25 people including students and kids joined Wisconsin Young Birder Ryan Treves for the 4th Sunday of the month Bird and Nature Outing hosted by Madison FUN co-sponsors Madison Audubon and Friends of the Lakeshore Nature Preserve. Birding was great right out of the gate (literally)! Everyone in the group plus many other folks out enjoying Nature Recreation on a 60 degree Spring day stopped to use binocs, scopes and zoom cameras to see a young Barred Owl posing quite visible in the doorway of its hollow nest tree near the stone entrance to Picnic Point. Other highlights seen by various participants included a Screech Owl, a Catbird mewing near the Picnic Point entrance, a couple of Northern Flickers exhibiting pair bonding poses with flaired wings and tail, both Ruby and Gold-crowned Kinglets, a Horned Grebe as well as a Pied-billed, and at least two Purple Martins which have also been observed recently at the Biocore Prairie Martin House. Friends super volunteer Glenda Denniston was also spotted in the shrubbery, industriously helping remove fresh Garlic Mustard sprouts ;) Photos by Paul Noeldner.