I visited the Portage a couple weekends ago to see how many Red-Winged Blackbirds were returning to set up territories: one of the signs that spring is inevitable, which I can mentally check off every year. I hadn’t been over there for a few weeks so it was time to see how things were starting to change.
There was only a tiny bit of green happening. For the most part the browns and greys were still in charge although the angle of the light is changing.
Predictably there were a lot of Canada Geese.
Then there were the territorial disputes…and flyovers.
The Portage surprises me when I least expect it to. I don’t believe I’ve ever had an Eastern Bluebird there before but there was one two weeks ago.
More than one Killdeer suggests a potential breeding pair…?
Sparrow-wise, one of several American Tree Sparrows likely on their way out, and a Savannah Sparrow on its way in…although I don’t think the Portage has opened up enough to attract breeding Savannah Sparrows.
Northern Cardinals are here all year long but it’s always nice to see them. One Dark-Eyed Junco tried to steal the scene in the upper right-hand picture below.
A few more of Red-Winged males and Canada Geese, back on their home turf to start new families. There is something reassuring about certain things that don’t change, especially lately.
And I could not resist a picture of our most ubiquitous resident, American Robin.
I haven’t decided yet where to go tomorrow but it looks like the weather will be warm and sunny so we’ll see what happens. We’ve had cold and windy weather all week so it should be a nice break for all of us. My mother always used to call March the “Adolescent Month.” I think there’s still a little snow in the forecast next week although it likely won’t be much… Fingers crossed. 🙂
Alas! Can’t predict weather any more, today was predicted to be sunny and warmer, then it was sunny and very promising and suddenly a thunderstorm just hit us, dumping buckets on us, after 30 minutes it’s sunny again!
I think the Portage is not prepared for many birds yet, you might get more cold again.
Adolescent Month on Steroids. Sunshine is the inspiration for birds and humans. I think we’ll try the Portage tomorrow anyway and take our chances with impromptu thunderstorms!
Great shot of red-winged blackbird! Thanks Lisa.
Thank you, MaryLee! I have to remember to record one singing next time…:-)
I hope that you do get a good day. It would be a weekend bonus for you.
The sun came out a couple hours ago, as predicted. I’m hoping it stays with us tomorrow as it looks like all the birds’ hormones are kicking in, on schedule.
Nice to see the Bluebirds. My sense is they are quite rare in the Chicago area. I have never seen one in our garden.