Spring!

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.

 

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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!

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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One Grackle seemed to be warning me away from his sunflower seeds!

 

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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?

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2 Responses to Spring!

  1. Kelli Bullock says:

    i loved this post, Carol. Wow were those pictures vivid. I am ready for Spring and you have helped pave the way. Have a fantastic day and thanks again!

  2. neihtn2012 says:

    Great pictures! Thanks for sharing.

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