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

Saturday, March 21, 2015

A Sure Sign of Spring!

For the past week or so, I've been scanning the roadsides for red-winged blackbirds.  Nothing.

The other day, I was at a hardware store to pick up some more birdseed (black oil sunflower seeds).  Across from the store is a natural area, swampy with some trees, cattails, and some winter berry holly (Ilex verticillata)--it always catches my eye.  While crossing the parking lot to enter the store, I heard the distinctive call of the red-winged blackbird-one of the few bird calls I know.    It made me smile.

Hearing them was great...but I had still not had a sighting...until this morning when a small flock of them appeared outside our bay window enjoying the black-oil sunflower seeds I'd sprinkled there.  :)

Not the best shots--taken with my phone...and the red-wings are pretty skittish when they see movement near the window:

Great sight for the first full day of spring!


I remember, when I was a kid, snow seemed to stay around for most of the winter, over the past two decades or so, that rarely seems to happen.  This year, it did.  I was fine with the snow for a long time, but now I'm thinking spring.  So, when it finally started to melt, I tried to document the process:

....and then... the first robin!

...three more robins...

...and then we got MORE SNOW yesterday for the first day of spring!  

This Winter

This winter, we've had a LOT of snow in January and February...and into March.  The temperatures have been unusually frigid too many days, but I did get out in the yard...sometimes...but not as often as I would have liked.  

Snow can be pretty...and I was okay with it for a long time...but, I'm ready for spring (first full day today...not that it seems like it)...I decided to share some of the photos I took...then post pics of it melting! :)

Watching the birds that came to the feeders always helps.

Winter does blot out many details which allowed me to highlight
individual trees that are lost in the details of spring, summer, and fall.

A trail in "the woods".