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Walks With Wildlife

Walks With Wildlife Belted Kingfisher

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

My Fine Feathered Friend Keeping Me Company

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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.

So Elegant

Even though this duck is called the common merganser, they have an elegance about them. They are such pretty birds.
Even though this duck is called the common merganser, they have an elegance about them. They are such pretty birds.

You Stick Out Like A Sore Thumb
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 :)

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 🙂

Common Merganser
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.

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

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.All photography can be purchased by double-clicking on the photo.
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.

 

Good Foggy Morning To You
Good Foggy Morning to You

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 change to get a clear picture of the wealth of blackbirds that returned today.

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.

The Red-winged Blackbirds Are Back in WIsconsin

The Red-winged Blackbirds Are Back in Wisconsin

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

Adult Male Belted Kingfisher

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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.

Win Some Lose Some
Adult Male Belted Kngfisher in Flight- No such luck with fishing pictures of the male Belted Kingfisher today, he just flew off after watching him for ten minutes.

No such luck with fishing pictures of the male Belted Kingfisher today, he just flew off after watching him for ten minutes.

The Boys Are Back in Town
The Boys are Back in Town

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.
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.

That’s a Mouth Full
That's a Mouth Full

Eastern Phoebes are making their nests and this one has a mouth full of mud.  The post Eastern Phoebe in Wisconsin has a brief summary of this bird.

See you back here next week!

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