Some interesting behaviors.

Thanks to everyone who came out to the Estabrook Beer Garden for the festivities yesterday afternoon. The weather was beautiful, and the event appeared to be a huge success. I didn’t post yesterday, by the way, to avoid stealing any of the limelight the Bucks deserve. I did get some pictures yesterday and this morning, however, so here we go.

First off is this fascinating view of one of the wood duck ducklings on the pond resurfacing after dabbling for a snack. The wide eye is a cool effect, if you can pull it off.

Here they are in a much more relaxed pose.

Meanwhile, this painted turtle was up to something, and I’m not sure what. The sun was not out, and the air was not very warm at the time, so it sure wasn’t sunning itself.

It is easy to tell, however, what this young robin was up to in the mulberry tree.

There are a few blossoms opening that we haven’t seen since last summer, and along the path from the beer garden to the skateboard park, there is a nice patch of Culver’s root or tall speedwell (Veronicastrum virginicum).

The Pedia of Wik explains that “The name “Culver’s root” derives from a certain Dr. Culver who was a pioneer physician of the 18th century and used its bitter roots for purgative purposes,” although a citation appears to be needed to confirm that detail.

On the slope down to the river is one small but striking clump of royal catchfly (Silene regia).

Finally, along the boardwalk are a few hyssops, and one of them has some nice color to it, which might make it blue giant hyssop (Agastache foeniculum).

Lastly, just as I was crossing the Oak Leaf Trail, I spotted this little beauty, a ‘summer’ spring azure (Celastrina ladon neglecta) feeding on a crown vetch (Securigera varia) blossom.

P.S. The robin was on her nest, so no egg picture today. Maybe tomorrow.

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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