Things settle down after the storm.

It was another beautiful blue-sky morning in Estabrook, and the low sun gave these mallards a gorgeous golden glow.

This downy woodpecker caught some of that same glow just a bit upstream.

And so did this blue heron, who has been in that same spot for three days in a row now.

As I approached the boardwalk below the falls, I finally found someone willing to brave the cool shade in search of breakfast, this well-insulated looking little junco.

This chickadee nearby was probably warm enough from all its acrobatics that it didn’t need the sun either.

Things quieted back down until I reached the north end, where I found a bufflehead dawdling near another bunch of mallards. Once again, I managed to be on the other side of a nice screen provided by a fallen willow tree, and so the bird seemed not to notice me, and I was able to sit and wait for it to pass in front of a gap in the screen as it drifted back and forth.

Finally, on my way back south, I spotted a red squirrel who first did its classic “you lookin’ at me” pose.

And then, perhaps, it didn’t like the fact that I clearly was looking at it, so it sounded the alarm, which I’ve never seen a red squirrel do before.

I’ve gotta got to school tomorrow for the last day of classes, so I saved some pictures, and I’ll share them with you then.

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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