Still something new…

The sun didn’t rise until nearly 8 o’clock this morning, and the temps didn’t even break into the 60s today, but the skies were clear, the breeze wasn’t too strong, and the birds were out, so I was finally able to sneak up on one of the several great spotted woodpeckers searching for a soul mate. You may recall that I first noticed this new behavior last weekend.


I also caught a blue tit in the nice bright morning sunlight. You can tell it’s starting to get cold out when the little birds start looking so plump.


As luck would have it, a great tit stopped by with some especially fine plumage, which sure helps us distinguish between these two similar birds.


I don’t believe I saw the kestrel today, and I initially thought this might be one, but I now believe that it’s a Eurasian sparrowhawk (Accipiter nisus), instead. Notice how the wings appear to have dark stripes instead of just a light and dark pattern, the feathers at the wing tips extend behind the trailing edge of the rest of the wing, and the leading edge is a little more lumpy, compared to the kestrel.


It sure isn’t a buzzard, which have a lot more dark on their undersides, and peregrine falcons resemble kestrels, so that make it a brand-new bird for us. Woo hoo!

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.

One thought on “Still something new…

  1. Your pictures are a delight! Thank you for continuing to do this. I hope you are enjoying your work and your new surroundings.

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