Monday, September 9, 2013

Enjoying Green Bay

Heading north from our week in Madison, we had a spotted salamander obstacle course east of Goose Pond.  We zig-zagged down the road avoiding all but having to move a couple to the side.

We stopped in Montello to see Ida's mother Betty and sister Ella, who was celebrating her birthday.

After a couple birding stops we reached Green Bay and spent some time on Joan Grant's patio watching the last orioles come to the grape jelly feeder before migrating south.  We joined her for two pre-season Packer games out of the heat in her living room.

Here is one of the five new wolf pups enjoying celebrity status at the Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary.  It was 1996 when the first pups were born at the sanctuary and they lived a good, long life there.

We joined the Bay Area Bird Club for five bird walks along the Wildlife Sanctuary trails.  It was fun to see everyone again.

This Green Heron entertained the group for several minutes trying to have this frog for breakfast.

In between visiting with friends, we contributed some work time on the grounds of Celebration Church.  They allowed us to park each night while we were in Green Bay.

This Gray Tree Frog was looking a little green around the gills nestled in a barberry bush which received needed pruning.

Sanctuary trails produced 23 warbler species during our 2 1/2 week visit.  This Black-throated Blue Warbler in one of our favorites.  We marked off 100 species of birds at the WLS on those walks.

In between appointments, we spent some time along the bay watching the American White Pelicans, cormorants, Caspian & Forester's Terns fishing.

While the RV was getting it's 60,000 mile checkup, we took a loaner car to Navarino State Wildlife Area.  This small Hog-nose Snake had snuck into the lower level of the beautiful new Nature Center.  We helped get it back out in the wild which I'm sure he was thankful for.

Fall is in the air and the leaves are starting to turn colors.  We are headed north to Superior for a week of watching northern migrants come out of Canada.  The Wisconsin Society of Ornithology will be holding their "Jaegerfest" at that time.

It was so good to see so many friends, if we missed you, we'll try again next September.
God Bless You!
Ty & Ida

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