All the usual suspects…

I got a nice late start this morning, the weather was beautiful, as usual, and all the usual suspects were out and about.

A wood duck hen and a blue heron were on the pond. The heron even caught a fish, which it handily swallowed in one clean gulp.

A monarch, which seem to be ubiquitous these days, stopped by to sample the goldenrod.

On the river, another heron kept tabs on me while I captured images of this cabbage white (Pieris rapae) sampling a new flower on the mudflats, which I had been ignoring till now, but apparently can ignore no more.

That little orange blossom, not much bigger than a pencil eraser, appears to belong to the Devil’s Beggarticks (Bidens frondosa), also known as devil’s-pitchfork, devil’s bootjack, sticktights, bur marigold, pitchfork weed, tickseed sunflower, leafy beggarticks, and common beggar-ticks.

I suspect all the “devily” and “pitchforky” names are due to the shape of the seed.

Finally, as I walked back south along the parkway late in the morning, a couple of deer were still on the move, heading towards the Oak Leaf Trail, and here’s an image I managed to capture of one of them.

UWM classes start today, so wish us luck, eh?

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.

One thought on “All the usual suspects…

  1. Beautiful images, as always. I hope you can find time to continue this blog, even if less often due to campus work.
    Wishing you and Anne the very best luck in the new semester.


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