A Satisfactory South Holland Saturday

Well, I’ve been here for over a month, and I now have a local bank account into which I got paid and from which I paid my rent for July, so it looks like they’re going to let me stay a while. That’s cool ’cause now that I’ve had a taste, I’d like to see how this whole experiment turns out.

We had a beautiful morning here today, and my first stop was at the stork nest, where the chicks look healthy and appear even to be showing a little sibling rivalry.


There were new butterflies out today, and here’s a beautifully earth-toned, female “meadow brown” (Maniola jurtina) feeding on a thistle blossom on the berm between the bike path and the canal.


I also spotted another new bird for us, this shy Eurasian wren (Troglodytes troglodytes), who look just like the wrens we see in Estabrook Park. I am stunned to read that it is “the only member of the wren family Troglodytidae found in Eurasia and Africa (Maghreb).” Heck, we have at least three different species in Estabrook: the house, the winter, and the marsh.


The goldfinches were out again, and this handsome devil struck a pose on the edge of an honest-to-goodness thatched roof.


I finally found a male blackbird willing to sit for a portrait to go with the image of a female I showed you from my first day here.


And I finally found a common moorhen with her chick.


There’s more, but I’m gonna try to spread them out over a few days. Wish me luck and watch this space.

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.

2 thoughts on “A Satisfactory South Holland Saturday

  1. Hope you enjoy your weekend! Do you have to work on Monday, July 4th? I’m guessing you do as why would your boss need to take an Independence Day holiday.

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