Walks With Wildlife
This week has been a glorious week, the snow is melting and the temperatures are comfortable. I have resumed my weekly walks with wildlife. Welcome spring and more wildlife and plant life to point my lens at.
Sometimes at I’m at the Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary, Bairds Creek or even some new private properties. Never know where I’m headed to for a quick stroll.
My Fine Feather Friend Keeping Me Company
After my walk today I sat on a bench around the duck pond for 15 minutes, there was a drake common merganser keeping me company.
Early spring there isn’t much color, everything is brown with a little green. Bored with the regular walking paths and nature areas I decided to take my neighbor up on his offer and walk their new property of 50 acres.
When you see a large patch of white in an area that has no snow, you have to investigate. Low and behold – it isn’t snow! It is Snow White though 🙂
Hoping this is the last of the ice along my ponds for the season. The temperatures are in the mid-fifties and the ducks are filtering in steadily. This hen common merganser is enjoying floating along and between her plunges into the water. I love her hairdo.
Visitor Between The Waterlogged Branches
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Hooded Mergansers are fairly common on small ponds this drake was easy to spot with his sharp black-and-white patterns set off by the rich coloring of his chestnut flanks.
Light fog and a sandhill crane flying over the Fox River on The Fox River State Trail, making this the only photo obtained this morning. No complaints.
The Sounds of Spring Are In The Air
Wishing I was not standing in the middle of the woods at this moment. I would have loved the chance to get a clear picture of the wealth of blackbirds that returned today.
Back Up To Normal Temperatures
Crack out the sweatshirts and put away the winter jackets. Only a week after our last major snowstorm, and Wisconsin is seeing temperatures in the 50’s. Excellent birding weather.
I told a gentleman that I follow on Instagram last month I never see Belted Kingfishers on my walks with wildlife in mind. Never say never, because you will certainly be proven wrong.
Male Belted King Fischer
This male Belted Kingfisher was just sitting over one of the little streams on my walk along Bairds Creek. I sat and watched him for a period of time hoping he was going to come back with a fresh catch. I think he is a bummed out about this winter weather as I am.
No such luck with fishing pictures of the male Belted Kingfisher today, he just flew off after watching him for ten minutes.
The American White Pelicans are returning in large numbers.
Pelican Over Bay of Green Bay
Three pelicans returning to the Bay of Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Leo Frigo Bridge (Tower Drive Bridge) is in the background. This picture is shared on my Instagram account.
See you back here next week!