Muskrat love in the Pond

It is an absolutely gorgeous morning in Estabrook Park; mild, still, and sunny; with no mosquitos yet, and the road still closed for the cherry on top.

Our headliner this morning is this cute little muskrat who appeared to be busy gathering aquatic vegetation in the pond. The love implied in the title is just wishful thinking on my part, as far as I can tell yet.

The little feller I actually stumbled upon first this morning, as he was singing high up in a tree the instant I stepped onto the Oakleaf Trail, is this stunning scarlet tanager. I probably chased him with my viewfinder for 30 minutes as he hopped from branch to branch, taking about 50 pictures, and the very first one I took turned out to be the best. Ha!

Finally, a disgruntled reader wrote in to say “More like an Amphibian Assemblage” in response to my quip about Terrapin Station yesterday. Well, Marc, here are the turtles I promised you, although none of them are actually terrapins, I realize in hindsight. Please accept my humble apologies for false advertising.

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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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