I can see dawn trying to peak through the clouds, and the forecast is for partly cloudy skies for about an hour before the showers begin, but I’ve gotta go to campus, so we’re stuck with some more pictures from yesterday.
Here’s another instance of a yellow-rumped warbler by the pond sitting still for a millisecond.
Before I saw the geese on the river and their little friends, I came upon this interesting sight, an impressive leopard slug (Limax maximus), which I read “literally means ‘biggest slug’.” It must have been 6 inches long, and you may be thrilled to learn that they are edible. Bon appétit!
At the north end, as I was trying to photograph the blue heron resting on one leg at the top of a tree on the northern island…
it suddenly put both feet down and stood up very tall…
and here’s why: a young bald eagle came cruising up the river at treetop level! They’re back, baby!
Sorry about the blur. I was trying to get a nice shot of the stationary heron in bright sun, so I had the shutter slowed way down, to keep the ISO down, when suddenly I’m trying to shoot a soaring eagle. I’m actually surprised and thrilled it came out as good as it did.
This one’s a little better because it is moving nearly straight away from me. It’s already among the trees on the far shore where the river is at its widest. That is one big bird!
Here’s another, closer shot of one of the slate-colored dark-eyed juncos with its beak full of something. I would have thought seeds or even gastroliths (yup, that’s really the name for them, and you’re welcome), but upon closer inspection, it looks like leafy vegetables from that little plant growing at its feet, doesn’t it? Healthy! No wonder its feathers look so nice.
On my way back south, here’s another thrush, and I think this one is a hermit thrush (Catharus guttatus), based on its bright cinnamon-colored tail. If so, then it’s on its way from northern Wisconsin to southern Illinois.
Here’s yet another, ever-acrobatic, golden-crowned kinglet, and no, I didn’t rotate the picture for dramatic effect nor photoshop out its legs. I don’t even have Photoshop, so I suspect they are tucked safely inside its belly feathers until needed.
Here’s one more shot of that adorable and inquisitive red squirrel.
Here are more pretty-looking mushrooms that I can’t identify. Sorry!
Finally, here’s one more butterfly sipping from a dandelion, of all things, while there are still butterflies to see. Who knows when we’ll have seen the last one?
Well, the forecast is for partly cloudy and 49° tomorrow morning, so Holy Smokes! It’s time to get out my fleece hats!