Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The tug of war continues...

The tug of war of the seasons continues.  As I write this post, snow is on the ground and it is only 34° with a freeze warning issued for tonight calling for temperatures in the 20°s.  Just yesterday, it was 80° here.  I enjoy watching the change over of our "winter" birds to that of our "spring" birds.  It just feels like the spring birds don't get here fast enough after such a hard winter.  Some Red-necked Grebes are still lingering, but the scoters seem to have finally headed back north.

The Juncos are singing, along with Chipping Sparrows.  Makes one think they are hearing Pine Warblers.  They are back, but I just don't see many of them around the east side where I bird.

Fox Sparrows have been numerous on the north side of East Fork.  I love to hear them sing.

Fox Sparrow


Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers are all over everywhere as they slowly creep northward.  

Fluffed Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

Brown Thrashers are back in force, meaning it is officially Spring despite the snow on the ground.  Love this bird.

Brown Thrasher

Brown Thrasher


Blue-Gray Gnatcatchers are everywhere, they seem to have just went from none to everywhere.  I always enjoy having them back.

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher


Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

Yellow-throated Warblers are back in force.

Yellow-throated Warbler

Pine Warblers are around, I went to Shawnee State Forest, where they are a little more easier to get.  Many think of them as a drab warbler, but they are nice to look at me thinks.

Pine Warbler


Pine Warbler

Northern Parulas are back, but not quite in numbers yet.

Northern Parula

While at Shawnee State Forest (Southern Ohio), Black and white Warblers were back in force this past weekend.  I love this warbler.  I still remember seeing this bird in my grandparents yard when I was a kid and not knowing what it was.  I remember looking in books after books till I finally found out what it was.

                               Black and White Warbler


Black and White Warbler

As the snow slowly melts away to reveal the greened up look of the landscape, I can only look foward to the warmer temps later in the week.  The changeover of the seasons seems to be going slow, but eventually it will be over.  Make sure you get out there to see the warblers trickling back!

2 comments:

  1. Geez man, snow on the ground and all these birds passing through!

    Brown Thrashers are rad, and you got some seriously nice Warblers crushes here!
    Cheers

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  2. Equally crazy weather wise here in Maine. I am still waiting for the warblers to arrive, but we are starting to see some good shore birds. I have never yet seen a brown thrasher in Maine but I just moved back and I wasn't an ebirder when I lived here before. I would LOVE to see a Yellow-throated warbler but I am not sure if this is their range. I will have to check it out! I am getting some of the same sparrows as you, however. Wonderful pictures!

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