Louisiana Waterthurshes have been back for a while, they are settled in. This one just got done mating (this is a female ;-)
Love their song!
Prairie Warblers have just got back. Love them.
Ospreys are also back. I think they are nesting at East Fork. This one made a visit to Crooked Run yesterday.
Green Herons have also just got back. Yesterday, I seen 4 at one time. I think this is a record for me. They were at the wetlands at Crooked Run NP in Chilo, OH. I used to seen this bird in my yard as a child, they seem to be harder to find nowadays.
But THE bird that spells SPRING is this bird. I call it the sunshine bird, the Prothonotary Warbler. It seems to bring warmth and sunshine to wherever it is. Just can't never get enough of this bird!
The American Kestrel pair that was at Crooked Run NP is nesting somewhere in the park. I seen European Starlings using the box, so I think they are in a dead tree somewhere. I heard and then saw the male kestrel flying and calling near by. I watched and saw that he had a snake. He then flew to his mate, presenting it to her. She didn't really seem too interested in it. She flew away...
The male decides to eat the snake for himself.
But, the snake may have worked. They mated soon after he finished eating the snake. It was a cool event to see! This is why Spring is my favorite season.
So much to see and witness outdoors right now. Make sure you break away from the daily hustle and bustle to see the natural world!!