Monday, April 21, 2014

Spring has won!

After this seemingly extreme winter, I think I can finally say Spring has won out.  As of the writing of this post at noon today, it is 72°F.  It is finally green out and the birds continue to trickle in.  I say trickle because it seems as if we are at a slightly slow pace migration wise.

Louisiana Waterthurshes have been back for a while, they are settled in.  This one just got done mating (this is a female ;-)

Louisiana Waterthrush

Love their song!
Louisiana Waterthrush

Prairie Warblers have just got back.  Love them.

Prairie Warbler

Prairie Warbler

Ospreys are also back.  I think they are nesting at East Fork.  This one made a visit to Crooked Run yesterday.

Osprey

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.  

Green Heron

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!

Prothonotary Warbler


Prothonotary Warbler

Prothonotary Warbler

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...

Kestrel Pair with snake

The male decides to eat the snake for himself.

Kestrel with snake


Kestrel with snake


Kestrel with snake

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!!

4 comments:

  1. Nice pictures Donald. Its about time the spring/summer birds are back!

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  2. Beautiful series of photos!

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  3. Any bird that will kill a snake has my vote!!
    PS...ONE of my favorite birds is the osprey.

    Oh and the yellow warbler, I think, is the prothonotary warbler. [I'm not sure if that is spelled correctly tho]

    Stop by when you get a chance to view some of my bird photography.

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  4. Yes, it is a Prothonotary. I just noticed that I didn't ID it! Thanks for noticing. I will check it out.

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