Happy Mother’s Day from EP

First, I’d like to wish Happy Mother’s Day to my mom and all the moms out there trying to make the best of things in these very difficult times.

Second, a couple of readers have written to ask me about the mushrooms. I am sure that they are not morels, but I don’t know what they might be instead, so please do not eat them!😊 Also, don’t drink bleach. If you must know, they are in the woods at the western base of a tree just east of the northern end of the southern parking lot. Besides, if I found morels, do you really think I’d tell where they are? 😋

Third, and I’m sure some of you are wondering how is this not first, the kids are all still alright, and our little adventurer seems to have returned from his or her play date. At first, I couldn’t tell because everyone was hunkered down trying to get out of the 20% chance of rain we were all enjoying, but then some other geese got too close, one of the dads got all excited, and everyone decided that they might as well eat some more grass now that they’re all awake anyway.
Lastly, there were not one, not two, but three new visitors to the pond this morning, and I even got pictures of two of them.
Ath, say hello to a green heron, who was busy making the weirdest call I’ve ever heard a bird make. If you don’t already know what I mean, it’s worth a listen.

Bth was most probably an immature green heron, looking all brown and mottled, who did not want to sit still for me.
Cth is most likely a great white heron, technically a white variant of the great blue heron, even though they are suppose to be “very rare outside central and southern Florida”. Nevertheless, after reading “How to Identify White Herons“, an excerpt from “Better Birding”, and examining this image closely, I am convinced it is not any of the other possible white wading birds.

Note especially the shape of the beak and the relative lack of “chin” feathers compared to any of the white egrets.
These and other images I think look nice are online at

Stay safe out there and call your mom.

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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