Monday, March 08, 2010

Feel of Spring

Saturday we drove south into Massachusetts for some shopping. Snow was almost completely absent. But not in our yard in South Newfane. We still have a 2foot snow cover, but with temperatures this weekend around 50, it is beginning to retreat. The old schoolhouse at the corner is still fenced with snow (metal roofs shed the snow, but create huge piles next to a building).

Walking Saturday and Sunday we were able to see a new dam under construction by the neighborhood beavers, as well as their handiwork on some trees down river from the dam.




But the surest feel of Spring, is the return of the summer birds. We help raise a couple of Evening Grosbeak families each year. Four or five grosbeaks have been making regular visits the past week, as opposed to the quick forays through the winter.

This gentleman is attired in the splendor and finery that would have befitted a courtier in service to Henry VIII in the 16th century. But notice that he is silhouetted against blue sky - something we have seen little of in the last few months. Ah Spring!

12 comments:

Felicia said...

That Evening Grosbeak is gorgeous. I hope you start seeing more of him and his family in the coming months!

The Early Birder said...

I can feel that you are feeling happier now that winter is retreating and Mr. Evening Grosbeak is brightening your days.

dAwN said...

Great shot of the Grosebeak..what a beauty..did u see the water droplet on the end of its bill.

Angie said...

Nice post and images. You can't beat that feeling when Spring is in the air!

Kelly said...

...thank goodness spring is creeping nearer. I love your Evening Grosbeak. He is gorgeous. I would love to get them in my yard.

cindyzlogic said...

I really enjoyed your post! Fantastic series of photos! The Grosbeak is gorgeous...we don't get those here.

Kerri said...

Lovely post! and I LOVE the Grosbeak!!! I've never the Evening Grosbeak around here.

Mary said...

Your Evening Grosbeak os so pretty! I never see those here.

Steve Borichevsky said...

We have had three great days in a row. I love the Evening Grosbeak. It's been a long time since I've seen one.

Warren and Lisa Strobel said...

Drop. Dead. Gorgeous. Photo, Chris!

Hope your yard defrosts soonest.

John (Tucker) said...

Excellent picture of the Evening Grosbeak. Haven't seen one since I live in Craftsbury Common, VT 20 years ago. Thanks for sharing!

Hilke Breder said...

Beavers are such a neat carpenter, just a little overconfident: what are they going to do with those big trees? Love the photo of the Evening Grosbeak. Saw a pair only once at my feeder, but it didn't stay.

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