After being such a miserable old fart in my last post I thought I should make a concerted effort to turn things around with this post and be more positive, so for ABC Wednesday this week I am doing N is for New Life and New Beginnings. Although it is cold and grey and very wet outside I went out determined to find evidence that spring was really on its way - and I am happy to say, it is!
There were numerous different trees and bushes beginning to burst their buds
And some of the locals were busy checking out potential nesting sites
This is a pair of Wood Ducks Aix sponsa, sorry the lighting is so bad but as I said it was very overcast. In case you were wondering, Wood Ducks nest high up in trees and then when the ducklings hatch they make a death defying leap to the ground before scurrying off to the nearest water. They are so tiny that they just bounce when they hit the ground like little fluffy balls.
The Red-winged Blackbirds Agelaius phoeniceus, although not yet appropriately attired in their breeding plumage, are in full voice as they work to establish their territories.
I was delighted to see my first Northern Rough-winged Swallows Stelgidopteryx serripennis of the year, look closely, it is perching on the branch! Although I cannot imagine what they are finding to eat as it is way too cold for any flying insects that I could see.
Another summer visitor that has started to arrive is the Green Heron Butorides virescens, at least I know there are plenty of fish in the pond for him, although the MASSIVE Koi that I saw cruising around may be a bit more than the heron could handle :)
And why, you may ask, am I including a picture of an old tree in a post about new life? Well that is because someone has made themselves a very cosy nest right inside it......................
So although my nose and fingers were numb with cold by the time I came back inside I most definitely did find evidence of new life and new beginnings!
For great posts all with an 'N' theme this week, check out ABC Wednesday.
Photo Credits - CJT
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