Oh, sure. Now the sun peaks through…

The cloud cover was back, and warmer air came with it. I saw the trio of deer again, but it was still too dark for my camera to work this morning. Instead, here’s another picture from yesterday morning when there was a little bit more light.

Along the river, I heard the kingfisher again, but I couldn’t get a good picture, so here’s a better one from yesterday. She had just come out of the water after a dive that appeared to bear no fruit. Recall that the air was 19°F at the time. She’s one tough little bird, eh?

I found this little red squirrel munching on a walnut just like his big grey cousins do, which is something I haven’t seen before. By that time, there was enough light, so this really is a picture from this morning.

Here he is again suggesting that I keep moving on up the trail. They’re small but feisty!

I didn’t see anything else worth a picture until the north end, where there were a bunch of house finches in the bushes at the water’s edge. Here’s a male, …

and here’s a female.

There were also a couple of golden-crowned kinglets, but they never hopped out of the bushes enough for me to get a shot. Instead, this junco was much more obliging.

The surprise for me, though, was that while I was trying to focus on all these little birds at my feet, a pair of red-tailed hawks were having an animated conversation in the tall trees across the river. They never came out in the clear, and they didn’t give me a lot of time, so this is all I managed, but it was fun to see two of them together like that. Another new sight for me.

Lastly, on a more-colorful note, here’s a goldfinch from yesterday who appears to be eating the tiny leaf buds off the little tree it is perched on.

I sure hope the tree has budgeted for that!

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.

2 thoughts on “Oh, sure. Now the sun peaks through…

  1. Neat photos, as usual. Wish you had been in my backyard today … two beautiful pair of bluebirds hung around for awhile. Such gorgeous color spots on a semi-gray day.

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  2. I showed this to Erik today and he loves it. Especially the squirrel photo! He remembers seeing your first batch of photos and commented that your photography has gotten even better.

    Carolyn Bucior

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