It was a dark and stormy morning…

So I waited a bit before venturing out, and it seems that all the birds just passing through had already gotten their worms and were either laying low, had already moved on, or had not yet arrived. Luckily, there were several regulars about who may have also waited the morning out with me.

At the pond, the young night-heron was back and nodding off near its usual spot.

I counted nine wood ducks today, and here’s a hen wondering if I’m the guy who feeds them bread from the bench on the west lawn, and if so, where’s the darn bread already.

Down at the river, a cormorant was back again and looking as satisfied as ever.

And a blue heron was taking a break from fishing and looking less contented.

Some big fish is thrashing in the water again, but I didn’t get a close enough look to identify them. Anyone know what’s running or spawning now?

Further south, by the falls, the asters continue to thicken and the black-eyed Susans continue to hold on, which can make for a pretty mix.

By the mudflats, which have been pretty quiet lately, a male kingfisher posed for us on the top of this stick on the far shore.

And this young blue heron focused intently on fishing in the grass on the near shore.

Lastly, this young-looking grey catbird appears about ready to enjoy a tasty treat.

The forecast looks a little dryer for tomorrow morning, so let’s hope that holds.

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 “It was a dark and stormy morning…

  1. No one should be feeding the birds bread, correct? And I SO value your posts and your terrific photographic eye. I’m in awe . . .

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    1. Thanks, and you are correct. No one should be feeding the bird, and that has decreased since someone put up signs to that effect, but I still see some bread crumbs from time to time. I suspect if it is not a regular thing, it’s not too bad, but I can’t assert that for sure.


  2. I believe the salmon will be running on the river sometime soon since there is an event at Hubbard Lodge October 2nd, 11 a.m – 3 pm., featuring the salmon.

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