School's out for summer and we were off to the woods and streams in western Wisconsin. Sidie Hollow campground - the same one we took the ecology club to last year. Beautiful spot... oh, so buggy though this year. A week later, I'm still consoling people that I don't have chicken pox... I had a headnet on most of the time, but pulled it up to shoot pictures and spy birds. They weren't black flies, but some kind of biting gnat. We found out a little too late that vanilla extract wards them off.
There is a dam with a small boomerang-shaped reservoir behind it. Campsites line a trout stream that leads into it. Wayne runs the place with his wife and they have a bunch of bird-feeders near their motor home. They always encourage me to get right up in their back yard and have a good look. I'm glad because it feels weird peering through binocs with their trailer kitchen in the background and his wife staring out the window. Brown Trout were caught although it's hard to sneak up on them when the water is this clear. We haven't had much rain so far. Maybe that's why no skeets.
I kept seeing this one-legged female red-winged blackbird. She seemed to be getting along alright.