Spring resumes…

It was nice to start the morning with temps in the 40s instead of the 30s for a change, and the critters seemed to like it, too. Here’s robin taking a quick morning bath in the river. That’s gotta be bracing, to say the least, right? Well, I guess you get used to it.

Here’s a white-crowned sparrow looking like he’d rather stay dry this morning, as do I.

Further north on the river, I spotted a couple of old friends, Mrs. Gadwall and the immature goldeneye.

In the shallows between the northern island and the eastern shore, I found about a half dozen blue-winged teals again enjoying a nice morning on the river.

Finally, give a warm Estabrook greeting to our newest visitor, a male northern shoveler (Spatula clypeata). Note the genus name is actually Spatula. Ha!

On my way back south, I bumped into Charles again, and he pointed out another nuthatch busily at work on another nesting site.

Thanks, Charles!

Lastly, I’m happy to report that two goose nests and two robin nests are carefully being incubated this morning.

Robins take a lot more breaks that geese do, I am observing, so when I went by the second second time, I took a peak inside with my phone at arms length as I quickly walked passed. Don’t worry, after the nuthatch photoshoot, she was back on again.

That’s probably the best antidote to yesterday’s ending.

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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