Gee, but it’s great to be back home…

Yesterday was a long day of trains, planes, buses, and automobiles, but I made it home in one piece, and slept well. The weather’s been busy here today, but between the downpour this morning and the gusty winds this afternoon, there was a calm in Estabrook Park long enough for the critters to put on quite a welcome-back show.

Let’s start with one of the main attractions on the pond, the wood ducks. I counted 2 pairs, and this drake was the one kind enough to pose for a picture.


And the surprise guest on the pond was this sole, red-breasted merganser drake.


Meanwhile, besides the Canada geese and mallards, this pied-billed grebe greeted me down on the river, which was high enough to flood some parts of the river path. I eventually counted three grebes on the river, which is a first for me.


Another surprise guest on the river was this American coot, one of a quartet, and which we have also seen before, but never in such quantity.


Between the river and the pond, and slightly smaller than the aquatic birds, were a handful of yellow-bellied sapsuckers, who won’t be around for long before they continue on to points north, in my experience.


Slightly smaller still, but equally as temporary, were a dozen or so rusty blackbirds foraging on the lawn amidst the red-winged blackbirds, European starlings, American robins, and brown-headed cowbirds.


Even smaller is the first warbler to arrive, one of a few yellow-rumped warblers.


At about the same size, and also recently returned, were about as many eastern phoebes.


Finally, the smallest bird I saw this morning was probably the golden-crowned kinglet, and this is the one that managed to remained stationary for the full second it takes me to aim, focus, and capture an image.


Lastly, but certainly not leastly, was this darling white-breasted nuthatch, who’s been here all winter.


I saw plenty more, 41 species, in fact, and I even have a few on film, but let’s not get carried away on my first day back, 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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