We are still cold. The forecast hovers between rain with a little snow mixed in and sunny respites here and there – the last sunny morning was Friday, and we will have one more day of sunshine tomorrow. I will be indoors singing in the choir, but it will be good to have the sunshine streaming through the clerestory windows of Unity Temple: the forecast is for rain and snow every day in the week ahead.
I guess I shouldn’t be complaining. Last year we had a drought. We seem to be making up for it this year. In any event, contrary to my musings in my last post, the American Tree Sparrows have not yet left the Portage, and there are still a few Dark-eyed Juncos around too. There wasn’t much happening with perching birds yesterday so I took note of a few other things.
I was encouraged to see and hear an Eastern Phoebe, albeit at quite a distance.
There are Americans Robins everywhere, but they were generally too busy for photographs. I often find one walking ahead of me, sometimes looking back waiting for me to make the next move.
The Brown-headed Cowbirds are back, and beginning their courtship rituals. Below, some photos of the standard configuration – two males and one female with her back to both of them.
There were Red-winged Blackbirds everywhere but they were often too busy to capture. It is nice to see the females getting ready to settle in.
Since there were still numerous American Tree Sparrows, I took a lot of photos. Just to make sure I won’t forget what they look like.
Song Sparrows were not as easy to capture but they will be around all summer, when I will try as ever to get a picture of one singing.
Then there’s the stuff that seems to be greening before everything else and drawing my attention to the thorns amongst the leaves. It looks like some sort of wild gooseberry but I haven’t nailed it down yet. Update: my faithful follower Ann has identified this as Ribes hirtellum, Wild Gooseberry. Thank you, Ann!
Now I’m going back to March 15, which by contrast was a cloudy day, but offered some nice photo opportunities.
Sometimes I just get lucky with these White-breasted Nuthatch guys. This time became a nuthatch overload.
Also memorable that day was seeing a male Wood Duck in the water.
And then, flying away…
A male Red-winged Blackbird offered a series of images.
I also captured a female in flight.
A pair of Song Sparrows perched for me.
And I had an elusive Black-capped Chickadee. They have been keeping a low profile lately but I expect to see them a lot as soon as the bugs and warblers arrive.
I can’t resist being stared down by a Dark-eyed Junco.
American Tree Sparrows were fewer in number than they have been in the last week.
One more American Robin on the ground.
With the forecast for rain and snow this week, I don’t know how often I will get out. Of course things can change. I just don’t want to repeat an exercise I went through one day last week when I went out the front door and came back in three times before I finally decided to take my chances. So I will likely be back with some older photos before I banish them to storage. I hope your days are getting greener.