Today Richard Bonomo went along with Travalon and me to Horicon Marsh. First we went to the part with the white-headed goose, and we saw this adorable killdeer right where it was supposed to be:
We also saw this beautiful great blue heron in the area by the Visitors Center where the geese usually hang out:
No sign of the white-headed goose, but further down the path we did see a number of goose families with teenage goslings:
And this much larger family with younger goslings:
We also saw this beautiful male wood duck and his plainer mate:
Then we went to the hill from which you can see a lot of the marsh, and we saw four pelicans swimming, and then a fifth one joined them.
Travalon shot some footage of the pelicans bobbing their heads in the water, and I made it into a video with Compay Segundo singing "Saludo Compay."
We also saw a deer, but Travalon was too busy filming the pelicans to get a picture of it, and Rich and I were too busy gazing at it through our binoculars to think of it ourselves. So you will just have to imagine what a white-tailed deer would look like near the water in Horicon Marsh.
After that, we drove to the part of the marsh with the boardwalk, and everyone was looking at this male mallard, so Travalon called him "Wonder Duck." Finally he must have gotten sick of everyone looking at him, so he flew away.
On the woodland part of the path, we saw lots of lovely pink-tinged trilliums (trillia?).
So it was another successful birdwatching day at Horicon Marsh!