More little ones…

I didn’t see the goslings this morning, but that could simply mean that they were down in a canal paddling around when I tried to look from across the field. You may be surprised to learn, however, that they are not even the only late-summer youngsters out on the polder. Here’s one of a clutch of pint-sized pheasants I also saw yesterday.

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And here’s their mom keeping an eye on me.

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I don’t know if it was just a coincidence, but there were also more buzzards in the air than I’ve seen before, and here are three.

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The biggest surprise of today, however, was this good-sized, mud-covered crawfish crossing the bike path. We’ve seen smaller ones in Estabrook, and I knew they have them here as well, but I didn’t know they got this big. This one was moving pretty quickly, too, as though it were on a mission, and I tried to slow it down enough for a picture. It refused to grab a stick I placed in its claws, so I mistakenly thought they were just for show. When I tried to tug on its tail a bit with my fingers, it really let me have it, and the pincer tips were quite sharp. I hope I won’t be making that mistake again!

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Finally, the sun eventually burned off all the morning fog and warmed things up enough for the butterflies to come out, so I stopped by the flower patch on my way home and found this red admiral tanking up on nectar.

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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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