Monday, April 5, 2010

Signs of Spring

Last year, I promised myself that the first signs of Spring would not go unnoticed. This year, I'm spending more time photographing early signs. It's my way of deriving maximum satisfaction from what I believe is the most exciting, most beautiful time of the year. A time of return for our fine feathered friends. A time of rebirth, of new life, and growth.

To follow is my photographic record of Spring 2010...[so far]

The Tree Swallows arrive....


...and conversate atop nesting boxes that will host their young....






The American Robins are more prevalent...and lookin' cuter than ever...




The Spotted Towhees spend less time foraging on the ground and more time in the trees, in search of a mate...




The Black-capped Chickadees are fluffier and cuter than ever....


The Purple Finches arrive....


The Marsh Wrens sing for a mate....


The Canada Geese arrive...and the Snow Geese depart....


The Ring-necked Ducks pair up...


The Common Goldeneyes pair up...


The Northern Shovelers pair up...




The American Wigeons pair up....


The White-winged Scoters pair up...


The Female Wood Ducks scout out trees for nesting....


....while their attractive and colorful counterparts spend time lookin' for food....


...and hamming it up for the photographers....


Hundreds of Bald Eagles show up to select their mate...




...soon they will nest....


Finally, the smallest of all birds arrive... the Anna's and Rufous Hummingbirds!


What are your early 'Signs of Spring'?

10 comments:

  1. Fabulous post! I had my first Eastern Towhee in the tree last Friday!

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  2. Lovely photos, and definately signs of spring. I see many familiar (local) birds on your post, I'll add to your list: junkos, pine siskin and osprey have just returned here in Southern BC (Canada.)

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  3. Great photos and I agree about spring being the most exciting, most beautiful time of the year.

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  4. Your post is bursting with excitement just like spring. Love it. Great photos.

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  5. Great bird photos - nicely done! We've had Yellow-rumped Warblers up here in the Comox Valley for the last week or so and Brant out on the beaches. Today I watched a Pileated Woodpecker excavating a nest hole.

    Cheers,

    Dave

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  6. Awesome signs of spring..I love the wrne on the fuzzy cattail!and the wood ducks beautiful! Great photos all!

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  7. Wow!! What a collection for spring so far. Super nice. You have some great shots.

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  8. Excellant post - Here in the UK our first signs of spring are rain, rain and more rain. Come to think of it the same could be said for summer, autumn and winter as well.

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