Magic Monday Part II

As promised, here are the rest of the pictures from yesterday’s magical Monday morning.

First up, a bit after the four deer strode up onto the island and disappeared in the brush, this young one came back out seemingly to see what that weird old guy on the far shore was up to.

“What is he doing there?”

“What does he want?”

“A mystery for the ages, I guess, but I hope he finds what he’s looking for.”

I sure did, Kiddo, and thanks.

Meanwhile, a great blue heron was too busy fishing to pay any attention to that nonsense.

And our newest visitor, the pintail, seemed oblivious to it all.

I did finally will one of the blue-winged teals to line up with a mallard so I could show you just how tiny they are.

On my way back south, I was happy to find that the solitary sandpiper hasn’t taken off yet.

A male northern flicker was uncharacteristically still and visible.

And the male downy woodpecker gave us a nice view of his red spot.

This grey catbird was after the berries you can see in the foreground, and every time it turned to grab one, my autofocus couldn’t follow, so all I got was a blur, but at least this one still image came out.

Finally, the yellow-rumped warbler was really in a posing mood, so we get one more look.

Lastly, we’ve seen these elsewhere recently so I tried to look them up, got crazy lucky, and hit the bull’s-eye on the first try.

Say hello to shaggy ink cap, lawyer’s wig, or shaggy mane (Coprinus comatus) a “choice edible mushroom,” but just make sure you don’t confuse it with “common Ink Cap, which can induce coprine poisoning, particularly when consumed with alcohol.

The forecast for Wednesday is for “partly cloudy” so let’s hope we get another nice little batch of morning sun and blue sky to make the pictures pretty.

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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