Not done yet!

Ha! As soon as I say we haven’t seen ducklings in days, look who shows up on the river.

And just to keep things interesting, a female or juvenile common merganser (Mergus merganser), which I don’t believe we’ve seen in the park before, was heading down river this morning. After I caught just enough of a glimpse with my binoculars to know it was something special, I had to drop everything and sprint down the river trail to get along side of it for even this not-too-great image. Yay! Something new.

I also saw three blue herons fly by and was lucky enough to stumble across one pausing to get a bite and who appears to be a juvenile, which we haven’t seen before, either.

Wow. That’s a lot of waterfowl all of a sudden. Happily, there were some bugs out and about to mix things up a bit. First up is our old buddy, the silver-spotted skipper (Epargyreus clarus). This morning he chose Queen Anne’s Lace to pose on and got photobombed by a bee.

And here’s a pink-edged sulphur (Colias interior), which we just saw a couple of days ago, but who could say no to this image?

Finally, we’ve go one more newcomer, and according to Identifying Hairy Caterpillars, it is either a Cream-spot Tiger Moth, a White Ermine Moth, or a The Ruby Tiger Moth, all of whom are stunners, eh?

Oh, and I collected my winnings from MKEBrewHero this morning. I don’t have any pictures, but they took some, and I’ll include a link if and when they post them.

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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