Memorial Day Anurapolooza at the Pond

Perhaps the frogs and toads, all of the order Anura (literally without tail to the ancient Greeks), just wanted to wait until the official start of summer, or maybe I’ve just been bad at spotting them, but luckily for you, astute pond-life observer, Carolyn Bucior and her trusty lieutenant, George, were on the job again and alerted me to the amphibianContinue reading “Memorial Day Anurapolooza at the Pond”

Arrivals and departures in Estabrook

Well, the birds start coming, and they just keep coming… Yesterday, I was taking a second quick spin before supper and spotted something in the branches down the bluff from the path where it passes right next to the road. It wasn’t moving a lot, so I pulled out my camera to see if IContinue reading “Arrivals and departures in Estabrook”

Big changes afoot at the pond

The goslings were all gone this morning. There weren’t even any mature canada geese at the pond when I arrived, until 3 flew in from the west. I counted 10 strapping young goslings there yesterday morning, and here’s hoping that they all just outgrew it and hiked themselves down to the river. Bon voyage, mes amis!Continue reading “Big changes afoot at the pond”

More new arrivals in and out of the park

Welp, the can of worms is out of the bag now! Here’s another amazing image sent in this time by keen reader Betty Koepsel from out in Oconomowoc. The accompanying story goes like this:”Sweet teeny newborn found in the grass about 10 feet from our vegetable garden… almost run over with a lawnmower…mom is near,Continue reading “More new arrivals in and out of the park”

Rerun Monday in Estabrook!

Water is still falling out of the sky, so I’m dipping into the archives, all the way back to April 11, for a never-before-seen image. The colors are pretty drab, but there goes a pair of wood ducks, a male hooded merganser, and a pair of blue-winged teals in some kind of multi-species smorgasbord on our little pond. Man, thoseContinue reading “Rerun Monday in Estabrook!”

Gettin’ a real soakin’ at the park

The skies are so dark, the streetlights are still on, and so there ain’t gonna be no new pictures today. Instead, I’m sure all the critters at the pond will be thrilled to have the day off for a change. Anyway, just to tide you over, here are a couple images from Estabrook that didn’tContinue reading “Gettin’ a real soakin’ at the park”