Some old friends return

The nice cool temps and calm winds remain, but there wasn’t much sun this morning. A single young deer was calmly grazing on the soccer fields, and I couldn’t even get it to look my way when I called to it, so this is what we’re left with.

At the pond, it was a blue heron this time trying to balance on a wiggly stick, and when it finally had to resort to flying to keep from getting soaked, it spooked a second heron that I hadn’t seen. One of them flew off, and I decided to leave the one who stayed to fish in peace.

At the river, a young-looking beaver is really getting the hang of making me work for a shot.

At the falls, there were 4 mallard hens preening, and this one had the best spot.

Up river, I spotted another young northern flicker, and this one might not be fledged yet. There was a commotion when Mom or Dad stopped by, which is how I noticed them, but then the youngster was left on his own, and he just kept tucking in and then peeking out to see if his next serving of breakfast had arrived yet.

There were a couple of blue herons at the north end, along with plenty of geese, a few mallards, and even a sandpiper or two, but I let them all be and headed back to the pond.

As I approached, just about where I spotted the flickers yesterday, a chipmunk, of whom we haven’t seen much lately, really seemed to want to make up for lost time.

The chipmunk eventually let me pass, and I saw the wood duck ducklings up on their log in the east bay, but as I made my way around to get a nice shot, look who stopped me in my tracks.

Yay! Our turkey is back, or still hanging around, and we slowly danced around each other as I took pictures, but by the time I reached the right spot for the ducklings, they had already moved on.

Instead, the mallard hen and her ducklings had positioned themselves nicely again in what little sun we did have and so, ta da!

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.

2 thoughts on “Some old friends return

  1. I’m curious Andy, how tall are these blue herons? The pictures you take make them look like they’re quite tall and dignified.

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    1. They are indeed quite tall. The Pedia of Wik explains that they are “the largest heron native to North America”, and they have a “head-to-tail length of 91–137 cm (36–54 in), a wingspan of 167–201 cm (66–79 in), a height of 115–138 cm (45–54 in), and a weight of 1.82–3.6 kg (4.0–7.9 lb).”

      “Dignified” is in the eye of the beholder, I believe, but I hope we could a agree on “magnificent!”

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