Friday, April 22, 2011

Why Spring is my favorite season...

Because the Goldfinches turn yellow...

American Goldfinch molting
Molting American Goldfinch male


And some of my favorite species return...

Blue-winged Teal
Blue-winged Teal


Caspian Terns
Caspian Terns


Forster's Tern
Forster's Tern


Meadowlarks are everywhere proclaiming "It's the Spring of the year!"...

Eastern Meadowlark
Eastern Meadowlark

And Blue-gray Gnatcatchers are back...

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

And love is in the air...

Blue-winged Teal pair
Blue-winged Teal pair



Canada Goose with goslings
Canada Goose with goslings

And even the "Winter species" look cool...

Far away Common Loon
Common Loon


Bonaparte's Gull
Bonaparte's Gull

And butterflies and other insects add color to the dull landscape...

Black Swallowtail
Black Swallowtail Butterfly


Six-spotted Tiger Beetle
Six-spotted Tiger Beetle

And wildflowers are in bloom...

White Trout Lily
White Trout Lilly


Dutchman's Breeches
Dutchman's Breeches

And first of season birds abound...

Purple Martin
Purple Martin


Spotted Sandpiper
Spotted Sandpiper in the setting sun



Hope everyone get outside on this Earth Day to enjoy our beautiful planet!



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19 comments:

  1. Wonderful reasons for the Spring season to be your favorite!

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  2. Beautiful photos! The trout lily shot is gorgeous and I love seeing all your eastern birds.

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  3. Great, inspiring series. You are so lucky yo have meadow larks!

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  4. Spring is my favorite season too. The common yellowthroats will be back any day now...and the yellow warblers...and the orioles, the grosbeaks, the indigo buntings. Actually early May is my absolute favorite and it's almost here!

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  5. A great time of the year; and some lovely birds.

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  6. Some very beautiful images here.

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  7. Definitely a joyful season. Great collection Donald.

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  8. Great series of birds.

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  9. Beautyful pictures of many different birds! and insects :)

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  10. Beautyful pictures of many different birds! and insects :)

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  11. Donald, great collection of birds and photos. I love spring and the birds that pass thru.

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  12. With a host of birds like that, anyone would be glad to see spring. Excellent captures!

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  13. A beautiful insight of your spring.
    Lovely images.

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  14. I love the spring vibe you invoke Donald. I am smitten with Spring fever myself. I've got to tell you though, those in flight takes of the meadowlark and Purple martin are great. Small bird in flight pictures are the ultimate challenge and those are fast birds. Great stuff!

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  15. Donald, what a wonderful collection of photos! So many reasons to love spring! (BTW, we're from the same area!)

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  16. What a great collection of springtime birds!

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  17. The caspian terns look like cartoon characters! Love the flowers. The last one (Dutchman something?) looks a lot like our Pacific Bleeding Heart.

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  18. It was A Very nice Center

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