Birds of a certain size…

As is often the case, once I notice a new creature for the first time, I start to see them everywhere, and the Eurasian jay is a perfect example. They really are shy birds, quite similar to the blue jays in Estabrook, but now that I know where to look, I’m getting closer to making a decent portrait anyway. This one is even looking our way! Yay! It’s a beauty, ain’t it?


Speaking of Corvids, they are more plentiful now than ever, and here’s a magpie foraging on the back of one of the many sheep drying out in the morning sun. Yeah, besides horses and cows, we’ve got a lot of sheep here, too. I read that we also have a lot of pigs, and Anne reports seeing a few, but I don’t know yet where they are all kept.


While we’re enjoying birds of a certain size, I was surprised to see and hear more great spotted woodpeckers this weekend than I believe I’ve seen for the entire rest of the summer combined. On at least three occasions, I first heard an individual calling incessantly, and could quickly spot it in the top of a distant dead tree. I have failed to get close enough for a picture, however, and hoped that this would be one when I saw it. Instead, it turns out to be another pretty song thrush, which I’ve only seen once before, so that’s fun anyway.


Finally, here’s a ubiquitous bird, in fact “the most widely distributed wild bird” in the world, that I knew must be here but haven’t manage to capture on film until now. You guessed it, that’s a pair of house sparrows, just like we see in Estabrook Park or your back yard.


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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