A far nicer morning than I expected…

As I was studying all the green blotches on the current and future radar to see if there might be a dry patch this morning, Anne looked out the window and said, “It looks pretty dry right now,” so out the door I went, and I never felt a drop. Ha!

The wood ducks were down from their high perches and foraging on the lawn beside the pond when I arrived.

The big surprise, however, was the arrival of northern flickers. You may recall I spotted a solo outlier a few weeks ago, but this time there was a pair of them, they were also foraging on the lawn, and here’s one of them. I see no trace of the tell-tale black mustache, so she’s a female.

Down by the river, the recent ice is almost completely gone already, and the winter wrens were busy singing their amazing little song to each other.

As were the song sparrows.

At the north end, all the winter visitors appear to be gone, and I saw no buffleheads, goldeneyes, nor mergansers today.

Back at the far south end, I spotted yet another female flicker who was doing a better job of showing off her “yellow shafts”,

This sharp-looking European starling,

And a goldfinch who almost has his full summer plumage already.

The current forecast for tomorrow morning calls for snow, so who the heck knows what we’re gonna get. Tune in tomorrow to find out, or just look out your window.

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.

One thought on “A far nicer morning than I expected…

  1. You are an INCREDIBLE nature photographer!!! Your pictures are prize winners! Have you ever entered them in contests? I am learning a LOT from your emails. I hear many birds but don’t often see them, especially as up close as you get. Thank you for sharing! : )

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