Still cold, but the bright sun really helps…

The cold continued this morning, but the sun sure takes a bite out of it these days. The goslings at the pond appear to be doing fine, and were taking an after-breakfast nap when I arrived.

In the trees along the east side of the pond, I found a nice and friendly female blue-gray gnatcatcher still working on rustling up her breakfast against a nice blue sky.

On the way down to the river, I met a cottontail who hopped down the trail ahead of me as if to show me the way. Thanks, little buddy!

At the river, the robin chicks are growing up fast, and I see Dad at the nest more often than ever now. One unlucky chick chose a poor time to stretch its wing, though.

The chicks are really starting to look like robins, but don’t tell John Gurda!

While checking on the robins, I heard the house wren again, and caught him singing his heart out on a nearby branch.

A bit north of there, near the beer garden, I encountered this white-crowned sparrow who was also “singing”, but it was more of a humming to itself than announcing anything, so perhaps the poor critter is shy or maybe just self-conscious about its voice.

After I took a few shots, it even wondered if that was really its best side and turned to face the other way. A regular little bundle of anxieties, this one.

At the north end, I spotted an indigo bunting again, but flubbed that shot, and got this one of a turkey vulture instead. You can even see its bright red face this time.

On my way back south, I believe I finally stumbled upon a new species for us, a warbling vireo (Vireo gilvus). It’s a relative of the red-eyed vireo we saw last summer with an even less-assuming appearance and a marvelous song. In fact, its appearance is so nondescript that I’m sure I already have pictures of one that I simply could not identify, and even needed a couple images today to be sure. It doesn’t help that it keeps to the treetops.

Finally, just when I thought I was going to chalk up another day without a single warbler, this little palm warbler came to my rescue. yay.

And that’s all I’ve got for you today.

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 “Still cold, but the bright sun really helps…

  1. Happily, when these little fledglings start singing at 4am, Mr. Gurda will not be in earshot.


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