Something new, something old, and something cra-cra…

After the rain blew through yesterday morning, the sun came out, and the wind kept right on blowing. Oddly enough, I saw more little birds in the air than I think I’ve ever seen here, and maybe it was in spite of the wind instead of because of it. They got places to be!

In any case, only one opted to park where I could clearly see it, though that reed was waving in the breeze quite a bit, and I couldn’t believe my eyes when I finally got a good look at it. This is a “chat” or “stonechat” in the genus Saxicola and probably the superspecies Saxicola torquatus, the common stonechats. Beyond that, my best guess, based largely on location, is that this is a European stonechat (Saxicola rubicola), although I’m a little nervous about the white neck ring extending all the way under its chin. This is the first one I’ve ever seen.


Meanwhile, the great spotted woodpeckers continue to do their thing.


And I was stunned to find a pair of dragonflies, ruddy darters, based on his slightly “waisted” abdomen and her blueish legs, still doing their thing.


Wonders never cease, eh?

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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