This mercurial month has finally given way to Spring. We have been watching the daily changes in the American Goldfinches, their plumage transitioning to brighter hues of yellow even as snowflakes fell.
The birds took the snow in stride as the temperature plummeted to 13.3 degrees here on Wednesday, 3-13-17. This Tufted Titmouse made frequent trips to the feeders.
By the next morning, the little bird was singing loud and clear, "Peter, Peter, Peter!" What a difference a day makes.
These two Carolina Wrens have not only been singing, but have been seen in locked combat over territorial rights to the woodland. We may have two families of wrens if they can negotiate a truce.
The busiest season of the year has begun for nesting birds. One Carolina Chickadee was bathing when suddenly its mate brought a morsel of moth to strengthen the little bird for the duties ahead. This pair-bonding behavior is another sign of Spring!
Two Brown Creepers came in together on 3-16-17 looking for food on different trees.
Hormones are surging as temperatures warm again, and birds are getting testy about bathing rights, too. Males want to look their best. After a quick bath, the chickadee is chased out by the robin. So, it puffs up to gather courage and reclaim some space in the basin.
There are birds larger than robins looking for nesting materials. A pair of American Crows have started a nest in a pine tree a couple yards to the west. One of the crows came in to find some sticks and tugged on a small tree. Better luck next time.
Our native plants are tough when it comes to surviving such temperature swings. The Golden Currant (Ribes odoratum) is a good example. Here it is before and after the hard freeze.
It has been nice to be outside weeding while the fragrance of this beautiful shrub wafts my way. Happy Spring!