Still cold, but a bit of sun, and no snow!

There is now enough of a time window for me to sneak into Estabrook for a quick visit before school, we even had a little bit of sun this morning, and that sure lit up the pond water nicely around this dapper, red-breasted merganser drake.

Poor guy. All that beautiful plumage and no one to share it with.

Meanwhile, our newly visiting common mergansers were on the river again. There was even a second hen today, but she didn’t want to get in the picture.

At the north end, a female kestrel was taking a break, perhaps post breakfast, on an old tree high above the northern island.

The big surprise on the river, however, at least for me, was spotting this beaver hauling a clump of dried grass up stream, I can only suppose it is for nesting material, and I have not seen that behavior before.

I first spotted it before it stopped for the grass, and while I was far from the riverbank. I tried to get ahead of it for a picture as I approached the river, but I thought I had lost it when it didn’t appear on schedule. Just as I was about to give up and move on, there it came with the cargo it had just acquired.

Back on the mainland, I have yet another entry for my continuing effort to show you how yellow-bellied sapsuckers got that name. This female has quite a nice yellow streak down the middle of her belly.

Finally, I found the red morph screech-owl again, and heads-up before you scroll down, it appears to be in the middle of its breakfast.

I warned you.

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.

6 thoughts on “Still cold, but a bit of sun, and no snow!

  1. Absolutely wonderful photos! I look forward to your photos every day to see species of critters I rarely – if ever – see on my own. Keep it up!

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  2. Hi Andrew,

    We got an AUDUBON magazine that is fascinating. The cover say’s Spring 2022 and we’ll save it for you when you visit. It is basically about bird migration.

    -Dad

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  3. OH MY – took a good look at the screech owl. Took a few seconds but then I noticed the breakfast!! Owl eats another bird for breakfast??

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