Field Fare…

The morning started out dark and damp, but the temperature was mild, and the sun eventually came out, so it was not a bad start to the weekend.

Best of all, I spotted another new bird for us in a tree with small red berries at the edge of a field. This “rather large, subtly attractive thrush with blue-gray head, dark chestnut-brown back, gray rump, and variable peachy-buff wash on spotted breast” is called a fieldfare (Turdus pilaris), and as you may already be able to tell from its pose, it’s a close cousin of both the European blackbird and the American robin


The green-winged teals are still around, I counted 8 today, and this handsome little devil was finally in the mood for pictures, at least for a moment.


The white-fronted geese are also still here, and this one posed long enough for the sun to come out from behind a cloud.


Finally, the goldfinches are still raiding the alder trees.


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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