For two weeks I've noticed our local critters who stay with us all winter, stirring more actively, and now the first migrating birds have returned. A good way to celebrate the arrival of spring!
One of the first critters I noticed was our friendly little Red Squirrel returning to our deck to seek spilled sunflower seeds beneath the feeder. He's certainly a bold creature, though he has to content himself with the spilled goodies, as our feeders are 'squirrel proof' (and I think they actually are).
We last saw this little fellow in late December, so I expect he's been hibernating in a cavity deep beneath the old fencerow throughout the cold part of the winter, but he's up and about now.
We see and hear a few crows throughout the winter, but not like the past two weeks. Their calls seem to be constantly in your ears from near or far these days, and we frequently see one or two perched in trees calling. They're just a lot more active than they have been, presumably getting ready to nest.
We still have the Chickadees around, about the only birds that come to our feeder steadily over the winter. They will disperse into nesting pairs soon, and we won't see them as much until early fall.
And early in the week the first returning migrants showed up. The first were Starlings, but this photo is of a Red-Wing Blackbird. It's distinctive call really marks early spring here. And this is all too typical of my stunning wildlife photos! I'm determined to improve my bird photography this summer, and recently signed up of 'Ebird' so I could read about recent sightings, and enter my own contributions.
Besides the Red-Wing, today we saw our first Robins, and first Turkey Vulture. Spring is definitely here, even though our world is still mostly white. Visited a new waterfall today as well - pictures of that tomorrow.