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The Signs of Fall Are Here

Canadian Geese in Flight

I’ve been sticking fairly close to home lately, I’ve been walking the trail system around the UWGB campus and made many morning trips to Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary.  This isn’t a traditional year for me. Fall always brings a road trip or two, most of my yearly travel budget goes toward traveling for fall colors. But not this year.  I have my eye on an investment and that means I need to tighten the budget today for fun tomorrow.

The Signs of Fall Are Here

Some of our plant life, like the sumacs trees pictured above, are turning brown, wilting and ready to call it a season.

Some of our plant life, like the sumacs trees pictured above, are turning brown, wilting and ready to call it a season.  I’m sort of feeling the same way. I never like to invite winter into my life, but this year I know the sooner the time passes the sooner I will reach a goal.

I set a goal of obtaining enough money to get a drone.  Drones, at least a good one is expensive. All of my travel funds and Christmas money will be put toward obtaining this goal.  Then it’s onto one of us, either my husband or I to get FFA licensed.  Small, baby steps.  We will get there.

This mornings weather is a little foggy but that makes the colors over the pond area at Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary a beautiful place to take in the fall colors. I love the moody pictures the weather today will provide that setting.

This mornings weather is a little foggy but that makes the colors over the pond area at Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary a beautiful place to take in the fall colors. I love the moody pictures the weather today will provide that setting.

Squirrels Are Putting on Weight

The squirrels are busy putting on additional weight by eating all they can to provide them with an extra layer of fat to keep them warm over the long winter months.

The squirrels are busy putting on additional weight by eating all they can to provide them with an extra layer of fat to keep them warm over the long winter months.

The trail system around the wildlife sanctuary is a good place to spend some time walking and looking for birds. The mushrooms in the woods have the perfect light, water, heat and growing-medium requirements to thrive and produce this year. 

The trail system around the wildlife sanctuary is a good place to spend some time walking and looking for birds. The mushrooms in the woods have the perfect light, water, heat and growing-medium requirements to thrive and produce this year.

Singing Fall Praises

This female Northern Cardinal was singing her heart out in the tree above me that made her easy to pick out.

This female Northern Cardinal was singing her heart out in the tree above me that made her easy to pick out.

Both the male and female cardinals can sing but usually, only a male songbird of different species is capable of singing.

The Northern Cardinal is the state bird of Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia, and West Virginia.

The Northern Cardinal is a beloved bird and is the state bird of Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia, and West Virginia.

Male Northern Cardinal was there too.

Male Northern Cardinal was there too.

Along the Pond

Geese Flying in Early Fall

There is a spot I like to go and see what is occupying the logs down along one of the ponds. It’s not too often that there isn’t some critter resting on the log over the water. It could be turtles, ducks, or in today’s case a cormorant.

Mr cormorant is currently sitting with his wings spread out to dry his wet feathers. The spread wings and extension of the neck also help aid in the digestion process.

Cormorants remind me of a bird you with have seen in the prehistoric age.

Mr cormorant is currently sitting with his wings spread out to dry his wet feathers. The spread wings and extension of the neck also help aid in the digestion process.

A cool fact about the cormorant is they do not have waterproof wings.  By not having waterproof feathers it gives the bird the advantage of deep diving allowing it to sink and dive faster to fish areas many can not.

Mr cormorant is currently sitting with his wings spread out to dry his wet feathers. The spread wings and extension of the neck also help aid in the digestion process.

Cormorant
Another interesting fact about this bird is after eating, cormorants regurgitate pellets containing undigested fish bones just like barn owls regurgitate mouse bones.

The Candian Geese are restless today. I think the internal clock they have ticking is telling them it is almost time to head south and they are excited to start their journey.

The Candian Geese are restless today. I think the internal clock they have ticking is telling them it is almost time to head south and they are excited to start their journey.

Plenty of the buggers around the waterways today.

Plenty of the buggers around the waterways today.

On the walk back to the car I spotted two Ruddy Ducks on the pond. Haven't seen them around very often and it was a nice surprise.

On the walk back to the car I spotted two Ruddy Ducks on the pond. Haven’t seen them since last year so that was a nice surprise.

The last critter that I encounter for the morning was a male Blue Jay he was busy eating corn that was left behind for the geese and ducks by a group of children.

The last critter that I encounter for the morning was a male Blue Jay he was busy eating corn that was left behind for the geese and ducks by a group of children.

Thanks for joining me!  I’ll see you back here next week.

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