Hardened by weeks of cold, snow and ice, perhaps we are a bit skeptical of warmer, beautiful weather, but it was present today, and so welcome as a sneak preview of better days to come.
Accompanying the bright sunshine and bluer skies were the Millennium Park birds who seemed happy to see me..and my bag of goodies,
I have seen White-Throated Sparrows off and on all winter, but today in the bright sunshine they looked brand new.
Lately I have seen male Northern Cardinals alone, which really makes me wonder what the females are up to. A cardinal was singing in my neighborhood this morning as I walked to the train.
The crows have been keeping somewhat of a low or subdued profile in my presence. I think they might feel exposed by all the contrasting snow. Whatever it is, I was surprised by this crow’s grey feathers. Click on the picture for a better look.
Even the Black-Capped Chickadees were vying for my attention today.
Whatever the green material was covering, this White-Throated Sparrow seemed to think it was an interesting perch. Perhaps the color symbolizes spring to him too.
Thanks, Laurie, for the comment and the like. Welcome! 🙂
Nice pictures Lisa, I like your blog header too! 🙂
Thanks, HJ! The blog header thing (changing it) still kind of freaks me out because I tend to be lazy but in this case it still seemed appropriate… 🙂
the harbingers of spring..photos are lovely..
Thanks so much, Syl!
A real fine collection of images, Lisa. We are starting to see Purple Martins here, and the locals say that means we have had our last bad cold weather.
Hey, the Martins should know. From what I hear the Texas panhandle is sending us a terrific storm overnight… so I guess this is one way you’re done with it!
Sorry about that. 🙁
Wasn’t trying to blame you…it’s not your fault. At least it’s overnight… !
Oh and thanks for the compliment! The nice weather made the “regulars” special.:-)
The white throated sparrow was very nicely captured.
Thank you. Yes, I was quite surprised, I think we were both transfixed by a break in the weather.