More signs that spring is on its way…

It was pretty dreary looking this morning, when the sun did finally come up, so I didn’t mind going to campus instead of the park. Plus, the sun started to burn through the clouds a bit later this morning, when I got back home from school.

There are still plenty of fancy water fowl around, but I didn’t see any scenes as pretty as yesterday’s, so here’s another look at a pair of hooded mergansers from yesterday that I didn’t use.

While I was checking out the birds on the water, look who showed up to join me. The location isn’t as pretty as yesterday, but it was over the east shore, so I was able to get a lot closer. My, what a big, sharp beak it has, eh?

Meanwhile, the pair of Canada geese were still on the pond, and one was even investigating the island. It shouldn’t be long now before there’s a nest with some eggs in it. Yay!

Back along the river, the song sparrows continue to be plentiful, and this one posed in nice bright light for a change.

Finally, I spotted our great blue heron again, but failed to get an image. Instead, here’s one from Sunday that I didn’t use.

Another hopeful sign that spring must really be on its way is that I did finally did see the killdeer I’ve heard a couple of times already. This time it made a couple of big figure-8s over the river and then flew off over the far shore.

The forecast looks nice for tomorrow morning, and I can’t wait to see if anyone else new shows up.

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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