A quick visit before the fog rolled in.

The day started off pretty nice in Estabrook, with plenty of humidity, but not much heat yet, and even a bit of sun. The pond was pretty quiet when I arrived, but there were still a couple of ducks on the water, and I soon found both the night-heron and a green heron in the northwest corner, which gave me a hope of getting some close-ups

We first saw the night-heron on August 12th, which makes this day 14, and it looks as healthy as when it arrived, so it must be finding enough to eat despite the fact that I have yet to spot it fishing. The blue and green herons, on the other hand, seem to be constantly fishing. Different styles, I guess.

Then, as I started to make my way around the north end of the pond to check on the east side, all heck broke loose. The herons took off, a wood duck quietly slipped off a log into the water, and a kingfisher started circling the island sounding its distinctive alarm. Luckily, the instigator of all this agitation wasn’t me for a change. Instead, it was a Cooper’s hawk swooping over the pond, and it stopped in one of the tall ash trees at the south end so I could make this record of the event.

I tried to get a bit closer, but by the time I could see into that tree again, it had already moved on.

By then, it looked as though a fog bank was rolling in off the lake, so I thanked my lucky stars that I got to see anything at all and headed home.

Here’s one more portrait of the night heron while it’s still here.

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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