Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Spring has Sprung

It's April and officially spring. For us birders, we get really excited when we see or hear the first arrivals from the south. For me at home, spring is signified by Chipping Sparrows who showed up en-masse last week with a record high 7 of them hanging on the feeder at the same time.

Meanwhile, in the woods at Pennypack, I have been treated to seeing Louisiana Waterthrush on multiple occasions along the creek. I don't know if it is the same bird hanging around or a different bird moving through each day but one of them put on a show on Sunday morning singing his heart out.

Louisiana Waterthrush

The Wood Ducks are up in the trees whistling. That only means one thing - love is in the air for them. Wood Ducks make their nests in holes in the tree just like an owl. Here is a crazy photo for you:

https://www.facebook.com/AudubonEverglades/photos/a.1172524176139159/2695677033823858/?type=1&theater

That's a Screech Owl and a baby Wood Duck in the same hole!

More signs of spring in the woods include these wildflowers that Connie and I photographed on Saturday.

Virginia Bluebell

Trout Lily

Blood Root

Cut-leaf Toothworth

 Things are definitely ramping up for spring. and, I've been asked to participate in the World Series of Birding this year. Stay tuned for details.

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