Short but sweet.

It was a fine morning in Estabrook Park. Not too hot, not too cold, not too wet, not too dry, and, not too windy. The bugs were up, and so the birds were happy.

One of the first birds I saw was an old friend, but new for the season, this tiny blue-gray gnatcatcher.

The pond was pretty quiet this morning, but I did catch this handsome quartet of blue-winged teals taking a break after breakfast.

Back beside the river, I was happy to find one more winter wren, before they’ve all moved on.

Closer to the water, I finally captured a nice image of one of the spotted sandpipers I’ve been seeing for a while.

On my way back south, I found another quartet of ducks, but this time they were wood ducks all nicely lined up on this branch at eyelevel.

Best of all, there was nice light, and they were oddly tolerant of my presence. A couple of weeks ago, merely walking 50 feet below them would have been enough to chase them away.

And that’s when the memory card in my camera filled up. Oops! I thought I had plenty of room, but I must not have been keeping close enough track. The good news is that I should have another one before tomorrow morning, when the weather is forecast to be just as nice.

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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