Are we skipping spring this year?

Wow! It sure felt like summer out this morning, and the critters in the park didn’t seem to mind, but sometimes I find them inscrutable, so who knows?

Anyway, the belted kingfishers are out in force now, and this guy got super excited when he spotted another kingfisher. I don’t know if this display means “Come and get it!” or “This river is all mine!”, but he was sure loud and adamant about it.

Some small fly has emerged from the pond already, and the golden-crowned kinglets are hunting them in the bushes like crazy. I’m keeping my eyes peeled for a ruby-crown, but none yet.

The brown creepers are even getting into the action.

The turtles are up on logs almost every time I visit the pond, even at 7 this morning.

These two looked like they were up to something yesterday afternoon, but upon closer inspection, not that I can tell. No sign of any red-eared sliders yet, though. Soon, I hope.

One goose is still incubating, on the north end of the island, as of this morning, and at least three pair of wood ducks where there as well.

I’ve even seen some little mammal, probably a muskrat, swimming in the pond a couple of times already, but no pictures yet.

Meanwhile, Mrs. Gadwall and the buffleheads are still on the river, although the buffleheads were farther apart this morning than I’ve ever seen them. I hope that’s not a sign of trouble.

Further south, I bumped into Blondie and Dagwood again, and I look forward to seeing the ducklings, if and when they arrive.

I also spotted what appears to be a flight or cormorants heading north this morning, and I hope one stops in at the pond to pay us a visit again.

The skunk cabbage is still in “bloom”, if that’s what you wanna call it, and some bloodroots are already up along the Oak Leaf Trail.

Finally, I scored yet another Park Beer, and this one looks fancy. Woo hoo! That’s my 2nd of the year already and 3rd total. It’s cooling in the fridge right now as I sit here and type this.

Lastly, Brian Niznansky and the TMJ4 Stormchaser were broadcasting the weather report this morning from in front of the Estabrook Park Beer Garden, which appears to be just about to open, so that was fun to see. There was also a delivery truck there earlier this morning, which is a very encouraging sign. That way if you can’t find your own Park Beer beside the trail, or you prefer to acquire yours pre-chilled, you can always get one here.

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.

6 thoughts on “Are we skipping spring this year?

  1. Is it the bufflehead duck that is so colorful? Dad

    On Tue, Apr 6, 2021 at 12:41 PM Signs of Life in Estabrook Park wrote:

    > Andrew Dressel posted: ” Wow! It sure felt like summer out this morning, > and the critters in the park didn’t seem to mind, but sometimes I find them > inscrutable, so who knows? Anyway, the belted kingfishers are out in force > now, and this guy got super excited when he spotted ” >

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  2. Well, the buffleheads are colorful, but mostly black and white, with the black shinning iridescent green in the sun. The crazy colorful ones you are probably thinking of are the wood ducks, which don’t even look like a real wild animal.

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