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March 23, 2013 / Leslie

Weekend Birding: Small Signs of Spring

This is our worst spring in 50 years and winter isn’t going to release its icy grip any time soon. Snow, yes, snow is predicted for Sunday. And although winter continues to linger, small signs of spring are all around us.

Robins are walking

Robins are beginning to leave their winter flocks and are searching for nesting sites. Several have been scoping out my backyard. While I was out walking yesterday there were lots of them walking around, all eager to pose for a photo.

American Robin

Robins are one of my favorite subjects and a good bird to practice nature photography. They are very approachable and will pose so shots usually are in focus. This guy was even willing to do a little chirping for me.

Goldfinch molting

The goldfinches have begun their spring molt and are getting their summer plumage.

American Goldfinch

The males make a dramatic change losing their drab greenish color and turning a brilliant yellow. In a couple of weeks this male should have all his new feathers.

Song Sparrow singing

On my walk yesterday I could hear cardinals, blackbirds and even woodpeckers making sounds, something that has been missing all winter.

Song Sparrow

As I walked along the marshy area I could hear a very vocal Song Sparrow. This is one of my favorite sparrows and can be found throughout North America. I spotted one in my backyard this morning. He wasn’t singing though, just eating sunflower seeds.

 


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  1. carol anne / Mar 23 2013 9:03 am

    It’s been bitter cold here these past few mornings also. My yard is still full of Dark-eyed Juncos, which are winter birds here, but I finally saw a few Robins on Tuesday.

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  2. therelentlessreader / Mar 23 2013 9:03 am

    Hello you gorgeous little birds you! I want SPRING! 😀 Don’t we all?

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  3. harveee / Mar 23 2013 9:07 am

    I hear a few chirps now and then but spring is not here as yet, so …….

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  4. laurelrainsnow / Mar 23 2013 9:22 am

    You are featuring some of my favorites today! Love the colors…and thanks for sharing. Enjoy your weekend.

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  5. irene / Mar 23 2013 9:28 am

    Once again a lovely walk. I am now looking at my bird painting (that I did) an wondering if I’ve mutated a species or two with my “creative” license. I’ll have to get a birding book. thanks Leslie. and thanks for the info on how to get started.

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  6. Arti / Mar 23 2013 9:31 am

    Wonderful sights of spring. I was fortunate too to have caught sight of flocks of Bohemian Waxwings, posted on my Sat. Snapshot.

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  7. BermudaOnion / Mar 23 2013 9:34 am

    We had a very mild winter, until March. March has been our coldest month, which is very odd. I think the geese who nested in our neighborhood are back – I hope we’ll see goslings again this year.

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  8. Melissa @ Melissa's Bookshelf / Mar 23 2013 10:39 am

    Seeing birds out and about is a sure sign of spring! Such pretty pictures…

    Here’s my SATURDAY SNAPSHOT post.

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  9. joyweesemoll / Mar 23 2013 10:44 am

    It doesn’t look like spring here, either, but I’m definitely hearing more and more bird sounds every morning. Beautiful photos!

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  10. Suko / Mar 23 2013 1:16 pm

    More snow? Oh, no!

    Beautiful bird shots, as usual!

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  11. Diane@BibliophilebytheSea / Mar 23 2013 6:09 pm

    Can’t believe you captures all these already. STill more snow forecast here.

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  12. Brona / Mar 23 2013 6:26 pm

    Amazing photography! I’m very impressed.

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  13. Jennifer Ryder / Mar 23 2013 8:44 pm

    Even though we had another 9.5 inches of snow on Tuesday, I hear more birds singing every day. My husband said the red winged blackbirds have arrived in the wetlands area next to his school. I’m still waiting for my crocuses to come up!!

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  14. Louise / Mar 23 2013 9:42 pm

    Lovely photos as always. I hope you get your spring soon.

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  15. Beth F / Mar 24 2013 8:01 am

    Sweet birdies! We’ve been getting a lot more visitors to the feeders lately, so I know spring is here — even if we have snow.

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  16. Christine Harding / Mar 24 2013 4:13 pm

    Fabulous photos again. I’ watched robins a couple of times recently – such lovely chirpy, cheeky little birds. No Snapshot from me this week, because I only got back from Mum’s yesterday, but I like to see what everyone is doing!

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