A bird named Al

Man, we’ve got a special treat today with not one, not two, but three, count them, three reader photos of the week!

The first one is the most amazing picture, perhaps a once-in-a-lifetime shot, of an albino sparrow taken by long-time supporter Carolyn in her yard right here in Shorewood, WI. She calls him Al because she was listening to that Paul Simon song when she took this picture.

I read that we have to check for red eyes, which I can’t quite see in this image, before we can declare true albinism. If the eyes are dark, then Al has leucism, instead, and can “produce melanin but can’t deposit it into [his] feathers.” Nevertheless, truly an exciting find. Thank you Carolyn!

Next up is this statuesque glossy ibis (Plegadis falcinellus) sent in by frequent contributor, Dr. Bob in Maine, which he spotted in the Scarborough Marsh along the Eastern Trail. He did not include a name for the ibis with this picture.

Finally, we’ve got this little, as yet nameless, cutie that Carolyn also sent in from her front porch.

All righty, then. Let’s see what I’ve been able to scrounge up in the confines of Estabrook Park.

First up is the littlest baby bunny I’ve managed to spot so far this season in the grass just east of the beer garden.

I also spotted this little guy right beside the steps from the falls up to the beer garden emphatically chirping that if they’re out of the dunkle, he’s might just skip the beer altogether today.

Finally, I am pleased to show you that I finally [sic] caught someone enjoying the amazing blazing star blossom, which first started to open a week and a half ago, along the boardwalk just south of the falls. From left/top to right/bottom, we’ve got our old friend, the silver-spotted skipper (Epargyreus clarus), and our new best buddy, the handsome little Peck’s skipper (Polites peckius).

That’s the roundup for this sleepy first Sunday morning in August. It is supposed to stay cool and partly cloudy today, so there should be perfect conditions for a visit to the Farmers Market and a stroll through the park. Maybe I’ll see you there.

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.

3 thoughts on “A bird named Al

  1. Thanks for sharing my Ibis with your audience! When I am out enjoying nature, I am now always thinking “I wonder what Andy would notice here.l And so I pay more attention to the flowers, bugs and animals! Cheers!


  2. Oh wow! Al and the toddler bird are stars! Thanks for including them, Andy!If their out of the dunkie …. hah!


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