The goldeneyes return!

The cold and wind are starting to back off a bit, and the sun was out, so it was a perfect morning in Estabrook Park. The river ice continues to form, however, so my wish came true, and the goldeneyes have begun to arrive. Here’s a hen on the rapids at the south end.


And here’s a drake just a bit upstream.


There were still plenty of mallards on the rapids, and a few Canada geese at the north end, but the common mergansers have moved on for now. Also at the north end, this red-bellied woodpecker was busy hunting up some frozen bugs for breakfast.


At the pond, this mourning dove posed perfectly in the bright morning sun.


I couldn’t tell if this pair of dark-eyed juncos was looking for something to eat, hoping for sun warmth reflected off the log, or both.


I was happy to see cedar waxwings still hanging around the pond.


Finally, here’s a male house sparrow who must have strayed into the park from the surrounding suburbs.


Lastly, thanks to those of you who wrote in to express concern for me in the cold, but you needn’t worry. I’ve managed to build up a good layer of insulation on my strict diet of dark bread and mature Gouda cheese.

Tomorrow, Anne and I are off to the east coast to see more family, so you’ll be on your own again, but I’m bringing my camera, and I have a hope of showing you some east coast critters.

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 “The goldeneyes return!

  1. This morning we saw your footprints in the snow. Zi and I did our usual walk in the park for the first time in a couple of days. At one point we roused some Mourning Doves.

    Carrie & Zi “However long the night, the dawn will break.” Anonymous

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