Vireos and Seamonsters

I was over by the river looking up at an oriole, which are everywhere now, and this little guy caught my eye with his bright white belly when he landed on a nearby branch. He proceeded to groom himself and air out in the sun as I proceeded to take picture after picture. Unfortunately, his head was obscured by a twig, and try as I might, I just couldn’t move enough to fix that. Suddenly, he looked down, spotted me, and took off, but by sheer blind luck, I just happened to press the shutter release in the nick of time.

That, my friends, is a Red-eyed Vireo, as far as I can tell. Some of the other pictures I took better show his light olive-colored wings and back.

After that, I headed back by the pond to see if there was anybody I had missed. Suddenly, there was a ruckus at the north end, and I wondered if it was our old buddy, the muskrat from earlier in the week. I didn’t want to scare it off, so I don’t dare get any closer and just took as many pictures as I could from where I stood. It was only when I got home that I could make out the giant claws of the snapping turtle long rumored to lurk in these waters. I don’t know what it was wrasslin‘ with, but it soon resubmerged and the pond got very quiet again.

Yikes! Keep you hands and feet in the vehicle at all times. Right?

These thrilling images, and a few others, are all on line 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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