Bird Stuff

There is a prairie restoration area along the Lock & Dam Road that seems to attract a lot of songbirds and other small birds. The restoration project was paid for by our friends at the Pine Bend Oil Refinery, which is ten miles away. I guess they thought such an environmentally friendly act would either atone for spewing all that pollution into the air for all these years or else be a good public relations move. Whichever, it’s kind of nice down there.

Every hundred yards or so, there is a bird house. The first one I came to is shown in the photo at the top of the page. The second one had a bird sitting on it.

Is it a swallow? (I don’t know my birds very well.)

The third birdhouse also had a bird on it.

The occupant of the third birdhouse didn’t like me getting so close, apparently. It took off directly at me and swooped threateningly. It got close enough that I felt the need to duck, though I have a feeling that the impact would have hurt no more than getting hit by a Nerf Ball. Then it made a wide turn and swooped again and repeated that process until I moved along. I guess it must have a nest inside there.

Later in my ride I took one more bird-related picture. Warning: it is so cute that even the most cold-hearted of you will exclaim, “Awwwwww!”

They’re the tiniest goose babies I have ever seen. They looked like little rubber duckies for a bathtub.

The next time you hear from me, I hope to be posting bird pictures from my bike tour in southwest Wisconsin. I assume they have birds there.

Hi. My name is Greg and I ride my bike a lot. That is to say, I ride my bike almost every day. I go on long rides and short rides. Sunny rides, cloudy rides, and rainy rides. I like commuting, errand-running, day-tripping, overnighting, and touring on my bike. I ride on city streets, highways, gravel, single track, and snow with equal enthusiasm. Sometimes I ride fast and sometimes I ride slow. I try to keep my feet on the pedals at stop lights and I do not dismount when I hop up on a curb. I have a roadie bike, a mountain bike and a touring bike. I try to accept any challenge a bike ride can throw at me without complaint. But I don't like bugs.

4 response to "Bird Stuff"

  1. By: NancyG Posted: May 6, 2022

    I don’t know my birds much either, but I am sure you are right that the swooping maybe-swallow has a nest in there that he is protecting,

    I an envious of any bike tour and Wisconsin offers some fine touring areas. Have fun, stay safe, and share your stories with us ;’-). Oh, and I do happen to know that there are birds in Wisconsin.

  2. By: Scooter Posted: May 6, 2022


    You’re right that those are swallows – probably a tree swallow, but possibly a violet-green.

  3. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: May 6, 2022

    Awww baby geese-es!!!
    Amazing they are swimming already.

  4. By: Suzanne Posted: May 6, 2022

    Interesting! I never see birds on or close to our bird houses! The baby geese are soooo cute! Have a good trip!

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