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Sunday, April 11, 2021

A couple of 'Firsts of the Season'

 Despite the fact that the weather has been much colder than normal for the time of year (we even had some light snow flurries again yesterday) spring is progressing....


this was yesterday morning over at the log bay.  You can see how low the water levels are.  I think this time last year people were kayaking already!

there were 3 Goldfinch, 2 males like this guy, and a female.  The first ones we've seen this spring.

Mid-day, wandered over again and was treated by seeing,


this, a Townsend's Solitaire.  We only see these grey, robin sized birds during migration in spring and sometimes again in the fall.

This morning we we headed out for our walk, either the same, or another one was at the first bay.....


and was able to get a better picture.

On the one dry day last week, we went to East Sector Park near Harrison to see how the plants were progressing....


the Trillium were in full flower......


while the Bleeding Hearts were just starting to flower.


and the False lily of the Valley are beginning to carpet the forest floor.

We haven't made it to Kilby for a few days, but with a week of sunshine and warmer temperatures promised, hopefully we will make it soon.


Monday, April 5, 2021

Beautiful Day

 Today, the 5th day of April, was a beautiful day.  Not only was the sun shining, but the wind, which has been cold and persistent, was down to just a mild breeze.


and as you can see, things are turning green rapidly!


Flowers are starting to show up too....this plum tree, in a different section of the dike is almost finished (photo taken a few days ago)

While...


some, like the Mountain Ash are in early stages and others barely begun.

The bird species are slowly increasing....


yesterday  evening there were 3 Greater Yellowlegs at the log bay and today had a brief glimpse of a White-crowned Sparrow, but we are still waiting for a positive sighting of a Rufous Hummingbird or a Yellow-rump Warbler.


there are quite a few Ruby-crowned Kinglets around though, which would be considered normal for the time of year.


this morning we spotted a Northern Harrier....hadn't seen one in the area for a while, unfortunately, it was eating a robin.....with the water levels about as low as they ever get, you'd think that it could find a mouse or something!

By the way....speaking of the flats and low water levels....

we finally have our official Wildlife Management Area signs!