Saturday Surplus

Here are some pictures that didn’t fit into Saturday’s report.

Besides the Canada goose I showed you, the graylag geese are also abundant and a little more wary than the Canada geese. Here’s one keeping an eye on me while its compatriots continue to graze.

Graylag geese (Anser anser)

Here’s a white wagtail who was foraging in the pasture along with the lapwings.

White wagtail (Motacilla alba)

As I approached the huge field in which I later spotted the buzzard perched, I glimpsed this smaller bird hovering above and managed this one picture before it opted to hover farther away. Back in June, I thought I saw marsh harriers hovering, but now I suspect the bird I was able to photograph then was also a buzzard. As for our hoverer, now that I have a better image, and I’ve read more about hovering raptors, I’m pretty confident that this is a common kestrel (Falco tinnunculus) instead, and a close cousin to both the American kestrels and the peregrine falcons we see in Estabrook.

common kestrel (Falco tinnunculus)

Here’s another picture of that acrobatic great tit gleaning for seeds on this gone-by blossom.

great tit (Parus major)

Finally, the cormorants are still here, and this one was catching some sun beside the Schie river as I rode back to my apartment.

Great cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo)

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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