Monday gets off to a slow start

I had such good luck with the late start yesterday, that I tried it again today, but that lightning appears not ready to strike twice just yet. Nevertheless, I did get to see a blue heron on the pond.

A grey squirrel checked me out along the river.

And then back to the pond again already, where a young or female Baltimore oriole was checking on the fruit situation,

And the wood ducks were lounging on their log as Mom gave out free face preenings,

Which some ducklings seemed really to enjoy,

And some less so.

As I approached the soccer fields, I encountered yet another small white moth, which could be a large lace-border (Scopula limboundata) with the “lace” worn off the boarder and the pattern faded a bit.

This butterfly, possibly a similarly worn pink-edged sulphur (Colias interior), was feeding on dandelion in the field.

And this monarch found one of the sow thistle blossoms starting to open throughout the park.

Finally, the robin still has three eggs in her nest.

Lastly, the forecast (partly cloudy with 6% chance of rain and a high of 74°) is looking great for the Estabrook Park 105th Anniversary Celebration on Wednesday at the beer garden. I’ve copied their latest flyer below with all the details. It would be great if you were willing and able to chip in, but you certainly don’t have to, and I’ll be happy to see you in either case.

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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