A new face at the pond…

It wasn’t raining when I got up this morning, but it stayed pretty dark, so I took my time getting to the park in hopes that the forecast “partly cloudy” would come true. Well, it sure didn’t, and it even rained a bit, but the pond was hopping anyway!

I counted at least 15 wood ducks, and here’s five of them trying to perch on a log big enough to hold three of them, maybe.

Here’s a young male on a sturdier perch and really starting to show his colors.

Plus, there was a blue heron…

The young night-heron sleeping…

And a fishing green heron for the trifecta!

Most amazing sight of all, however, is this poor little guy huddled right on the path that goes around the pond. It’s about the size of a robin, and I first thought it might be a young starling but look at the size of its foot! The small wading birds around here that it could be include Sora (Porzana carolina), but their beaks look yellower in all the pictures I can find, and Virginia Rail (Rallus limicola), but their beaks are markedly longer, so I’m a bit stumped at the moment. If you can help sort out who this is, please drop me a line.

Right after I took this picture, I put my camera way and tried to get close enough to help it off the path, at least, but it wasn’t having any of that, and it got up on its own long legs and ran into the thick brush under the big oak tree. As I looked into the brush to check on it, it got up again and scampered farther in. So, the good news is that it is strong enough to run, it is now in a good hiding place, and let’s all hope that a parent is nearby to find and take care of it.

Phew! After that, I check in on the river, of course, and there was the usual contingent of mallards, a few geese, and one blue heron. The only picture I got is of another white-throated sparrow.

It’s raining pretty good now as I sit here typing this, so that’s all the pictures for today.

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 “A new face at the pond…

  1. Based on the color of its legs, size of bill and the streak of darker brown on its head, I am guessing the little guy is a Sora. Too bad be forgot to wear his little name tag to confirm but its a pretty good guess even so. 🙂 Very cool!

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  2. Your first picture was a great reflection shot! Dad

    On Mon, Sep 20, 2021 at 12:15 PM Signs of Life in Estabrook Park wrote:

    > Andrew Dressel posted: ” It wasn’t raining when I got up this morning, but > it stayed pretty dark, so I took my time getting to the park in hopes that > the forecast “partly cloudy” would come true. Well, it sure didn’t, and it > even rained a bit, but the pond was hopping anyway! ” >

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