|Cedar Waxwing at the Gill Farm|
|My niece is growing up SO FAST!|
|A mother Eastern Phoebe guards her nest|
|Rose-breasted Grosbeak at a nest in Peninsula State Park|
|Searching for Barn Swallow nests in an old cattle barn at the Gill Farm|
And while doing so, my lifer American Woodcock stops to visit while I am without my camera. I do have a Malibu and Rum in my hands though. It figures that a secretive bird would stop by and visit when I am not prepared! My family all watched the bird land and then take off. The moral of the story. Never leave your camera in the car:)
|My brother gets the fire going. I make the same expression when the American Woodcock stops by to PEEK on us. No photo. Next time.|
Babies take selfies.
|The family gets together for Father's Day|
My brother Jared exposes me to a new toy....the drone. It's easy to operate, but the filming part is tricky. I safely navigate the drone away from people and birds, but my brother has other ideas:)
And while all this commotion is going on, I sneak in the time to chase rare birds in Wisconsin. There are rainy days which I treasure because the cool temps allow me to sleep in and enjoy my vacation.
|The Little Gull|
The header to this blog contains a Bonaparte's Gull so you can imagine how much I loved observing all of these birds. They are one of my favorite gulls that I don't get to see often because I'm in Arizona:) It was a treat! After a half hour, I located one Little Gull on a shoddy pier.
|Bonaparte's Gulls and a Little Gull. Can you find the bird?|
|A Ring-billed Gull is a giant to the much smaller Little Gull|
|Door County with the family. My niece catches me falling asleep on the ferry to Washington Island|
The people started arriving and asking me about the Pelicans. Instead I spoke with them about the rarer gulls. I helped other birders get on the birds and it was a satisfying bird challenge. But the people were still jabbering on about the PELICANS! So I'll jabber about them as well in a future post:) Their presence is significant. Today it's raining in Wisconsin and I love it. The temps are a cool 58 degrees and I have the house to myself!! I sip my coffee with my gentle music playing in the background. The doors are open and a breeze is moving through the house. Tonight, we try out Bloody Mary's at a local restaurant. Yeah, birding and family is a lot of fun. Over the next several weeks, my friend Gordon and I will take you on some epic adventures that truly challenged us in the state of Wisconsin.
I'd also like to make a shout out and thank Nancy and Earl Gill for their wonderful hospitality. Several of the photos featured in today's post are from their property. Nancy gave me a tour of their beautiful farm and a delicious jar of canned pickles! I like pickles but these pickles are amazing. Needless to say, I'm rationing the jar:) SO GOOD! There are so many shades to birding. I love Wisconsin. I love the relaxed pace. Arizona birding is wonderful but it's stressful when you're with so many professional birders! They've made me a better birder, but sometimes the birding can be demanding there. Here, it seems less stressful with a lot more laughing. And when I'm with my Shire, I feel at home. Until next time........