Just the back yard!? Nah, I want the front and side yards landscaped in natives too.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Red-winged Blackbirds

Today I looked out the window to see all the activity at my feeder.  There were several newcomers there.  At first I noticed the grackles and then saw the red-winged blackbirds!  I was thrilled.  Both species are most welcome.  So, I guess spring is really here. 

There is the beginning of a twinge of red on the hillsides.  The red maples are getting ready to bloom.  These signs of spring have helped me for years to know that the long winter is ending.  This year we've had a week or so of warmer weather (45-55 degrees F.) so, I guess it feels like spring...a little more sun would help it feel a lot more like spring!

Unfortunately, I didn't get any pictures.  When I went to get the camera, I guess the birds saw me through the window and flew off.  Hopefully, I will be able to post some pics later.


Raeanne said...

I love red-winged blackbirds! They are so lovely and remind me of the fields by our old house!
I'm really enjoying your blog! Keep it up! :D

David said...

Thanks, Raeanne! :)

That is the first comment I've had (or at least the first one I've noticed).

I now have two followers. Welcome to both of you.

I'm glad you love red-winged blackbirds too. You probably saw a lot of great wildlife in the fields by your old house. I love the country and that was a beautiful area.

Thanks for the support. I'm doing my best to keep up with it.

Raeanne said...

Yay! Two followers! :D
Hopefully it'll catch on even more!

Yeah, I'll never forget seeing that bear walking up our hill in the spring of 2005... that was quite an experience! I really miss the countryside, especially now since I'm in Fargo... I went for a walk today on the sidewalks in the residential area and it really makes me miss the country! But we are going back to Park Rapids this weekend and so that'll give me a dose of the country!

Yes, please do keep it up! I think it's so cool that my uncle has a blog! :D

David said...


Thanks, Raeanne.

I did my time in a residential/urban area, so I know what you mean. I'm glad you get a chance to get back to the country to rejuvenate.

I'm fine if more people find the blog of interest, but my main goal is to have a record of what the place started as and how it improved. Eventually these early photos will become the "before" shots, and although it is a never ending process, I'll eventually have some "after" shots.

Hopefully, there will be noticeable improvements in spotting, documenting, and photographing birds and wildlife that make use of the habitat I'm trying to create.

It does feel kind of good knowing others are interest. Thanks.