Spring Robin

Winter has stuck around quite late this year, with an ice storm in the middle of April. The birds are still out and active, and this robin was foraging near a bird feeder.

Camouflage Expert

I wandered down to the overflow pond to see who was there. A mallard duck was resting on the outcrop between the two pools of water and looked up at me. I watched closely, though, because there appeared to be shifting earth below where the mallard was sitting. And that’s when I saw the sandpiper.

Myrtle Warbler

I’d not seen a Myrtle warbler before – and hadn’t known it under it’s Yellow Rump (or “Butter Butt”) name.  The purpose of this site was to help with my observation skills and visually I’m better, but the birds make me realize how little I can distinguish one bird’s call from another.  The finches and …

Singing Sparrow

The sparrows seem to be the least concerned about passersby.  The finches and warblers move on very quickly but a sparrow will sit and sing despite me stopping to watch.  I haven’t identified this one – I need to do a better job of recalling their song – but it was certainly belting out its …

Sweet Forget-Me-Nots

The Forget-Me-Nots – from the German for Vergissmeinnicht – are back everywhere along the river.  I’d seen just a bunch or two and now they’ve exploded.  They’re so small, it’s easy to miss the interesting details in the middle of these lovely flowers.

Yellow Warblers

The undergrowth is thick with American goldfinches.  I can usually see groups of four and five flitting around.  The yellow warblers have appeared again too, although I only ever see the one pair.  They move just as fast, and are often in the undergrowth, so it is hard to capture pictures of them.

Cedar Waxwings Get Spring Berries

The Cedar Waxwings are back along the Holland River.  There are two bushes that have kept berries from last year, one black berry bush and one that has what look like cherries. Three waxwings have been in and out of the bushes each morning, getting an early start on clearing out last year’s berries.

Antler Fungus

The moist weather seems to have caused rapid growth of fungus.  I have noticed large plate fungus protruding from tree trunks.  This stump suddenly erupted with what look like some weird organic moose antlers.  I took the picture from the side to better show its protruding from the wood.