Posts Tagged: Common Gallinule

Diet and Exercise at the Horicon Marsh

Day Lily at the Horicon Marsh

Day Lily at the Horicon Marsh

A drift of orange caught my eye as I drove along Highway 49.  Many of you may enjoy having Day Lilies in your garden.  Wild Day Lilies are a hybrid that reproduce from the roots.  The colorful blossom lasts only a day.  If you are out hiking and need a snack, every part of this plant is edible.  According to the National Audubon Society Field Guide to Wildflowers: Eastern Region, the flower buds taste like green beans when cooked.  Serve with butter.  I will take their word for it.

Monarch Butterfly at the Horicon Marsh

Monarch Butterfly on Day Lily Bud

This Monarch butterfly will pass on the green bean taste and go right for the nectar of the flower.  The Monarch caterpillar eats only Milkweed.  This butterfly is so popular it is the state butterfly of three states.  Can you name them?  The people of Kentucky chose the similarly colored Viceroy butterfly as their state butterfly.  The Viceroy butterfly has a black line that crosses the veins on the hind wing.  The Viceroy caterpillar feeds on trees in the willow family.  Do you know Wisconsin’s state butterfly?

Common Gallinule at the Horicon Marsh

Adult and Juvenile Common Gallinule

This Common Gallinule (formerly Common Moorhen) was resting in her nest and attentively watching her two growing chicks as they ate vegetation from the surface of the water.  The chicks did not stray farther than ten feet.  They were far enough to gain a bit of independence, but never out of her sight.

Adult Common Gallinule at the Horicon Marsh

Adult Common Gallinule

Mom Gallinule stepped out of the nest to take a stretch break.

Yellow-headed Blackbird at the Horicon Marsh

Yellow-headed Blackbird

Speaking of stretching, I’m not sure what this neck exercise does for birds, but it is a good one for humans.  Neck retraction is an effective exercise for posture, neck pain, and disk related pain.  Repeat five times every two hours.  If it produces pain, then discontinue the exercise.  Visit a physical therapist for further help.

Artistic Treasures

Common Gallinule at the Horicon Marsh

Common Gallinule

I was treated to a variety of artistic treasures at the Horicon Marsh today.  This Common Gallinule looks like his beak has been carved from exotic wood and a Master Painter added white brush strokes of paint as a final touch to this masterpiece.

Tree Swallow at the Horicon Marsh

Tree Swallow

Feathers of the Tree Swallow look metallic in the sunlight.  His black eye patch adds a touch of mystery.

American Coot at the Horicon Marsh

Juvenile American Coot

The American Coot chicks are growing up!  I think they look most beautiful at this stage in their development.

Trumpeter Swan at the Horicon Marsh

Trumpeter Swan

When this Trumpeter Swan walked through the water, the ducks scooted off, reminiscent of the parting of the Red Sea.

Trumpeter Swan at the Horicon Marsh

Trumpeter Swan Performing Neck Exercises

I wonder if swans get sore necks?

Wood Duck at the Horicon Marsh

Female Wood Duck

Jewel toned feathers add to this female Wood Duck’s beauty.