Mid-July

I haven’t been able to go forward too far so I am going backward in time. These photographs are from one lovely day in the middle of July at the Portage. A highlight was a pair of Orchard Orioles. The male is at the top of this post.

Even though the Green Herons did not have enough water to make a go of it this summer, they still came to visit.

Pollinators were busy.

Below are some more images of the male Orchard Oriole, and one of the female in the same frame as a Red-Winged Blackbird female. They were foraging in the vegetation that sprung up in the absence of water this summer.

A female Red-Winged Blackbird is showing off below.

Male Northern Cardinals aren’t typically willing subjects, so it was a rare treat to capture this one.

Robins were present in all stages of plumage.

Not sure but this might have been my last opportunity to photograph and record a singing male Indigo Bunting.

It was a good year all around for seeing Eastern Wood-Pewees. I usually always hear them but rarely see them. Something about the change in habitat, I suspect.

The Goldfinches spent a lot of time foraging in the duck weed. I didn’t realize that the Portage has a storyboard describing duck weed as the smallest flowering plant until I led a bird walk recently.

Not a very good photograph, but I this was the last time I saw a Great-crested Flycatcher.

The Gray Catbird below epitomizes the attitude of these loquacious birds.

The days are dramatically shorter and the heat has been on in the house for over a week. But now it looks like we are due for a spell of pleasant temperatures before the cold takes over. I am healing from my fall and always seem to feel better in the evenings. Thanks for stopping by!

9 thoughts on “Mid-July

  1. I have to say I don’t mind your traveling into the past at all. July seems a lot nicer now that you don’t have to really feel the heat each morning and deal with all the dry. October has its good points as well, but I don’t like seeing the days always getting shorter…
    I hope you continue to mend, all the best!

    • Thanks, Frank! It feels like every day blends into the last one – sort of like Groundhog Day. For sure most of my traveling will be sitting on my futon with my feet up. Glad to have you along for the ride. 🙂

    • Thanks, Frank! It feels like every day blends into the last one – sort of like Groundhog Day. For sure most of my traveling will be sitting on my futon with my feet up. Glad to have you along for the ride. 🙂

    • Aw shucks, thanks, H.J.! I’m doing okay. I start out in a fog every morning…it takes a while to get my motor running, I guess, but I am getting better. 🙂

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