I haven’t been to the Portage in a few weeks, so I decided to visit this morrning after the rain. We haven’t had rain in such a long time, even the weeds stopped growing. I was glad not to have seen the Portage parched.
I knew the birds would be waking up to a fresher start. The same family of Wood Ducks was on their log.
A lot of birds were busy preening. This Northern Flicker looked up only once and then went back to tending his feathers.
Can’t blame the Green Heron for preening after spending all morning hunting in the muck of the duckweed.
A lot more birds were looking like juveniles. This is the time of year when even Robins can get confusing.
But the Portage has more Robins than anywhere else I’ve been. Here’s a grown up.
I saw only a couple Baltimore Orioles. This one was a beginner.
At one point, a Killdeer flew in to sit on a log.
A long, hot week lies ahead. There’s more rain in the forecast too. Summer is here.