Signs of Life in Estabrook Park

Life in the pond appears to have entered a new phase. The geese and mallards are still there, and a hooded merganser and a kingfisher even popped in for a sec, but the grebe appears to have moved on and I don’t see much of the wood ducks any more. I’ve heard that there are a lot of mergansers to see down on the lake and grebes have been spotted on the river.

The trees and bushes are still full of red-winged blackbirds, cardinals, kinglets, yellow-rumped warblers, goldfinches, nuthatches, and creepers, but I’ve been told a new wave of migrants are waiting for the bugs to come out. Chet appears to have moved on for good.

Meanwhile, I did find this racoon mandible laying in the leaves just off the Oakleaf Trail.

And the mayapples are starting to unfurl their little umbrella leaves.

Some more pictures are online at

Published by Andrew Dressel

Theoretical and Applied Bicycle Mechanic, and now, apparently, Amateur Naturalist. In any case, my day job is teaching mechanics at UWM.

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