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:
Osprey - FOY (First Of the Year)
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
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.