Camouflage Expert

I wandered down to the overflow pond to see who was there. A mallard duck was resting on the outcrop between the two pools of water and looked up at me. I watched closely, though, because there appeared to be …

Riverside Birds

This spring has been very cold and perhaps that is why I have been seeing some unusual birds.  Yesterday as I walked home from the train, I saw a variety of warblers that were new to me.

Tennessee Warbler

I’m …

Watchful Weasel

The dog and I walk along the river and, while he’s sniffing the grass, I keep an eye on the river.  Even on a windy day, you can see ripples that aren’t natural on the water.  I saw some and …

Myrtle Warbler

I’d not seen a Myrtle warbler before – and hadn’t known it under it’s Yellow Rump (or “Butter Butt”) name.  The purpose of this site was to help with my observation skills and visually I’m better, but the birds make …

Late Summer Monarchs

I’ve seen more monarchs in the last few days than I’ve seen all summer.  The butterflies are well provided for as milkweed goes.  It’s everywhere.  But this monarch butterfly was spending its time in the plentiful goldenrod, bee balm, and …

Basking Beaver in the River

This weekend was extremely hot.  I was out early with the dog to try to get in a walk before we both melted.  As we passed a large outflow pipe, this beaver was floating on the river.  Not a ripple …

Asters and Goldenrod

It is late summer along the Holland River and the purple asters have taken over from the white daisies.  They’re especially striking amongst the tall yellow goldenrod.

purple-asters-goldenrod

Muskrat Rushes

One afternoon on the way home, the water was deep and the ducks were dabbling.  Then a muskrat swam up and started grabbing the rushes from near the edge of the pond.

muskrat-swimming

Black Raspberries Ripen

These look like ripe raspberries but are black raspberries about halfway to their final color.  The bushes were full for a while but it’s been a hot summer and a lot of berries shriveled before they were eaten.  What a …