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Sunday, May 03, 2015

Two Weeks

Upland Sandpiper
What a difference they make. Alan took me for my first ever quad ride two weeks ago before he went to DC. Things were pretty brown and there were very few birds around.

Today we did some of the same route, plus the east side of the farm, the portion known as the Dimond Farm, (spelled right...a local name) as that is who owned it before we did. There was such a change.

Green everywhere. Pink lipstick on the distant maples. Green lace in all the treetops.

Birds everywhere. The Savannah Sparrows are back...or at least a few of them are. Dozens of Red-Winged Blackbirds were staking out territories, and Song Sparrows galore.

We saw a pair of Upland Sandpipers.

There were deer on the move...still shaggy and grey, but nice to see.

It was great to see the land all dressed up and ready for spring. So different from two weeks ago when it looked more like October than April.

Here's a list, in no particular order, of what we saw on our ride, not including the birds that frequent the backyard.

Canada Goose
Mourning Dove
White-throated Sparrow
Red-Winged Blackbird
Northern Cardinal
Tufted Titmouse
Song Sparrow
Savannah Sparrow
American Robin
American Crow
Common Grackle
Northern Flicker
Brown-Headed Cowbird
Upland Sandpiper
American Turkey
American Goldfinch
European Starling
Blue Jay

I also heard what was no doubt a Brown Thrasher, but it was far down in the woods and I wasn't positive. Thought I heard a Ruffed Grouse, but it only called for a second.

All in all a lot of fun. If at any moment I had croaked I would have died really happy.


Cathy said...

But you didn't croak and there's more spring and song to be had !!!! :)

Merrilyn said...

OH LOVE IT...it is just like that up here in NE MINNESOTA TOO..finally the weekend is brinign in green, the trees are tipped with the green gold Robert Frost writes about in " Nothing GOld Can Stay" when he says" Nature's first green is gold its hardest hue to hold"....so watch it ..enjoy it and let us revel in it.....Life is good and just think that green is there all the time just waiting to come out. This winter has been the darkest I can remember up here...so THANKFUL you are seeing LIFE! and we are too!!! Blessings.....to you all...Merri

threecollie said...

Cathy, I'm like a sheep in Wyoming. I get real nervous on that thing and think about getting squashed should it tip over. And it's pretty tippy. It is SO much fun though. Critters don't pay much attention as it is quiet and it will go just about anywhere. Even places it is hard to walk due to running water, mud, ditches and such. I used to hate the things, but I am sold. Alan doesn't have to ask me twice to go for a ride. lol

Merrilyn, spring is running real late for us, but it is good for the apple trees so the blossoms don't get caught in a late frost. We are pretty much enjoying it. thanks for the kind words!

joated said...

After this winter, it's certainly a pleasure to get out and about and to see everything (birds, mammals--including humans, trees, flowers, even grass!) returning to life.

Terry and Linda said...

YAY! Love all that rich lush green you folks grow so well up there!