Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Garter Snakes on a Warm, Sunny Afternoon

I've been checking every day now for the past week to see if any of the garter snakes had emerged from their winter den.  This afternoon when I was out walking around, there were two on the grass warming themselves in the bright sunshine.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015


Dark-eyed Junco
Hope Is The Thing With Feathers by Emily Dickinson

"Hope" is the thing with feathers -
That perches in the soul -
And sings the tune without the words -
And never stops - at all -

And sweetest - in the Gale - is heard -
And sore must be the storm -
That could abash the little Bird 
That kept so many warm -

I've heard it in the chillest land -
And on the strangest Sea -
Yet - never - in Extremity,
It asked a crumb - of me.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Crow Pair

It's wonderful to see them again. 

Here they are under the bird feeders.  Look at their glossy feathers. The crows returning to the surrounding woods to nest are one of the earlier signs of spring here.

There are a few snowflakes falling, and the temperature is about 1°C this morning. 

Saturday, March 14, 2015

On a Rainy Morning

I observed a Pileated Woodpecker visiting one of the tall Spruce trees. She preened a little, looked this way and that and eventually flew to the adjacent property.

Pileated Woodpecker, female
Red cap isn't as extensive as the male's
Female has a black mustache