Love is in the Air

The bright sun and blue skies continue in Estabrook this morning, and a 20°F increase over yesterday made the wind feel not bad at all.

The pair of red-tailed hawks at the north end must have heard about all the attention the courting nuthatches and snuggling squirrels got yesterday, so they were out this morning being about as cuddly as one might expect hawks to be.

When I took the image above, I didn’t see the hawk on the left and was just happy to see a hawk at all. Farther north along the river, I had a different perspective and was all excited to see both of them.

It was only when I got home that I found they were both there all along. Ha! Love is in the air!

By the pond, the bushes were full of house finches, goldfinches, house sparrows, and still a couple of common redpolls from the far north. Yay!

Back on the open river water far south of the falls, the buffleheads were diving without company this morning.

While the goldeneyes were doing the same a couple hundred yards farther south.

Thanks to all of you who have already signed the petition to close the parkway through Estabrook again this summer. With any luck, we’ll get enough to nudge the parks department into giving us a break from traffic through the park this summer.

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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