Rainy, rainy day in Estabrook Park

The hourly forecast does not dip below an 80% chance of rain all day today, the ducks will be loving it, I bet, the geese and goslings will at least enjoy the lack of visitors, and the pilgrims should be arriving any day now.

Fortunately, I managed to visit the park again yesterday afternoon before the rain came, and the canada geese and 8 goslings were all still doing fine. Chipmunks were everywhere, seriously, I saw them four separate times, the trout lilies are really opening up en masse,

and I finally captured an image of the surprisingly elusive white-throated sparrow that I hear all the time now singing his iconic song. It’s worth a listen if you don’t already know it. You’ll probably say to yourself “so that’s where that comes from!”

He and his merry band were quickly but diligently working their way across the forest floor leaving nary a leaf unturned.

The best of the pictures I have managed to collect, including nice male and female cowbird shots, are all 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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