Soggy Thursday

It seems like it has rained all day, so thank goodness I saved some pictures from yesterday.

As I was trying to capture that shot of the reflection off the river of the foliage glowing in the morning sun, I climbed down the bank onto some rocks in the water for a better angle. From at least 200 yards way, that darn heron said “oh no, you don’t”, and flew further upstream. Here that stinker in its new spot. Notice that geese and ducks haven’t moved.

After I scrambled back up onto the bank and continued north along the path, this handsome character gave me an inquisitive look.

But, this brown creeper seemed to ignore me completely, as always.

When I finally got to the north end, I found that the waterthrushes haven’t all flown off yet.

And here’s a rusty blackbird male, who was foraging with the female I showed you yesterday and demonstrating how they were methodically flipping over the fallen willow tree leaves to see if anything tasty was hiding underneath. I found it mesmerizing to watch.

Here’s another shot of that flycatcher, perhaps an eastern wood-pewee.

The golden-crowned kinglets are also still around.

More surprising, however, because I haven’t seen any in over a week, was this ruby-crowned kinglet with its ruby crown concealed.

Finally, at the patch of asters along the Oak Leaf Trail, there are also some sow thistles still blossoming, and this one attracted both a honey bee and a bicolored Agapostemon sweat bee (Agapostemon viriscens).

Well, the forecast is for more rain tomorrow, so we’ll have to wait and see just how bad it is. Maybe I’ll be able to sneak into the park between the raindrops. Wish me luck!

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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