On a bed of straw-like weeds, this grouping of Skunk cabbage formed its own little sculpture park.
(Earlier posts about skunk cabbages.)
Durantes of the duck world
Flaunting some of the biggest bills on the lake, Northern shovelers (Anas clypeata
) make a stately sight as they glide through the water.
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What a difference a day makes — well, two days. With a bit of Friday’s white blanket still in the background, a floral carpet of Snowdrops (genus Galanthus
, possibly Galanthus nivalis
) filled the foreground.
Hanging like badminton birdies, the pretty white flowers made a strong statement in favor of a seasonal game change.
Study in grey
While not a typical first day of Spring around here, it’s certainly been a memorable one.
Spotlight on ospreys
This osprey pair (female at right, I think) seemed to be checking out this lower light tower as a possible nesting site.
The sale isn’t final, though, as they may choose one of the taller signal towers instead, which still holds last year’s nest.
Like two koi kites dangling from a pole or long paper lanterns lit from within, these copper-colored leaves floated in the sunshine at the end of an otherwise bare stem.
Yer just yeller!
Providing a little spot of sunshine on an otherwise grey day, this attractive Yellow-bellied sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius
) was limb-walking in search of syrupy deposits, or maybe a few bugs.
Sporting some splendid duds — bright yellow waistcoat with red cap and matching red & black cravat — this little fellow really brightens the bare trees he visits.