It’s the first day of spring! Such an incredibly magical time when every day brings changes. The migrating birds are starting to come through, crocuses are popping up, I saw the first flowers of the Skunk Cabbage, and we’ve had a couple warm, sunny days. I put aside some time this past Monday to head to a Metropark near me and see some of the early migrating birds returning home.
The Sandhill Cranes are back. They were probably less than thrilled to see that we still have some ice, but it is melting quickly. I watched a couple that were willing to come very close to me. Their feathers are some of my favorite–so beautiful!
There were a number of old nests lying around, and one of the Sandhill Cranes went over and lay down on one. Seemed like she was trying it out for comfort.
I also saw a bunch of Great Blue Herons back in their rookery for the first time this year. It’s always a bit surreal to see those great big birds high up in a tree.
There were many Red-winged Blackbirds and Common Grackles around. The sound of the Red-winged Blackbirds is one of my favorite early signs of spring.
One Grackle seemed to be warning me away from his sunflower seeds!
It’s a wonderful feeling to know that some fantastic birding is only a few short weeks away. What’s not to love about spring?