Friday, April 1, 2011

April Fool's Day

we were fools to think that spring was coming??? is that it??? is that it???
This morning before driving to work I scraped an inch of snow and ice off my car windows. Oh my, this IS getting tiresome.

Pussy Willow, Salix discolor

Anyway, in addition to a great list of birds at West Campus this week, I'll include some photos I just took - of course they could only be - glimpses of springtime.

Red Maple, Acer rubrum

Star Magnolia, Magnolia stellata
(or maybe it's the regular kind, I'm no botanist - next week we'll know which)
This is an early-blooming ornamental, which likely benefits from its proximity to the building, gaining a wind break and a little warmth.

Birds seen this week, March 28th through April 1st:

Wild Turkey
Canada Goose
Red-tailed Hawk
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Osprey - FOY (First Of the Year)
Herring Gull
Ring-billed Gull
Mourning Dove
Rock Pigeon
Downy Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Northern Flicker

the list continues below...

Wild Turkey, Meleagris gallopavo
Looks like they've paired up - notice how brilliant are the bronzy green and gold feathers in the male - a big change from his winter plumage! Also the bare skin on the head and neck are really bright now.

Chickadee house, recently constructed by a local cub scout troop at the West Campus Community Education Center - and installed in the woods along the Oyster River.

Eastern Phoebe - FOY
American Crow
Fish Crow
Blue Jay
Cedar Waxwing
American Robin
European Starling
Black-capped Chickadee
American Goldfinch
House Finch
Northern Cardinal
White-throated Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Red-winged Blackbird
Common Grackle

That's twenty nine species for the week - I like it - the numbers are increasing steadily.

Some kind of volunteer ground cover, making its own patch of snow.

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