The parade won’t stop, can’t stop…

On this beautiful day in April, we’ve got something for everyone.

Like pictures of cute little birds, especially ones we haven’t seen before? Here you go! Check out this little winter wren (Troglodytes hiemalis), cousin to the house wren we saw by the pond last summer, on its way to its breeding grounds just upstate. It stopped by to say hi as I was walking along the river trail.

Like picture of mammals, especially our elusive beaver? Here you go! There were two of them, swimming south from the old bridge abutment, and I flubbed the picture of the first one, but this second one politely waited until I was all set before it swam past.

Like picture of exotic-looking water fowl? Here you go! I spotted these blue-winged teals (Spatula discors) off the southern tip of the northern island.

Like action shots? Here you go! As I was hoping the second beaver would swim past, these two came gliding in because why not. Right?

Think teals and geese and wrens are fine, but just can’t get enough of those wood ducks? Here you go! I spotted him first beside the southern island, and then heard her calling him to come down to the southern tip, and so of course he did.

Think “enough with all the animals, and where are the pretty flowers? Here you go! The squills and snow glories are making amazing carpets dotted with clumps of various daffodil varieties on the lawn and in the woods near the pond.

There’s even more, if you can believe it, but I’ve gotta get ready for office hours so I’ll finally take some of Anne’s sage advice and keep a couple for a rainy day.

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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