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April 13, 2013 / Leslie

Weekend Birding: Still Waiting for Spring

I’ve been grumbling about our missing spring weather for a few weeks now. Last weekend it felt like spring was around the corner but that was short-lived. We’ve had a return of cold, rainy weather and near freezing temps at night. The only flowers I saw last week were a few Crocus. The perennials are just beginning to poke their heads up.

Yellow Crocus

All the rain and melting snow has filled the marshy areas and the wetlands have returned.

A small group of male Mallard Ducks were floating around in the swampy area. There were no females in sight. Must have been ‘boys afternoon out’.


Today I will be out on a bird walk hoping to see some early migrants and more signs of spring.
UPDATE: Near freezing temps, 15MPH winds and snow flurries made for a cold morning and no sign of spring, but the birds were very active in spite of the weather. They apparently believe spring is here. I saw over 40 species with the highlights being a Great-Horned Owl sitting on a nest with two chicks and a flyover by two Bald Eagles.

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  1. Brona / Apr 13 2013 5:10 am

    Oh my – the ducks are gorgeous – that green is iridescent!
    I love seeing your signs of spring as we go into autumn 🙂


  2. Diane@BibliophilebytheSea / Apr 13 2013 6:00 am

    Too funny “boys day out”…gorgeous though.


  3. laurelrainsnow / Apr 13 2013 7:27 am

    I love the green on those mallards. Thanks for sharing, and enjoy your walk. Here’s MY SATURDAY SNAPSHOT POST


    • Leslie / Apr 13 2013 8:29 pm

      The birdwalk was fantastic, one of the best ever except for the freezing cold weather. Highlights were seeing an owl with owlets on her nest and bald eagles flying overhead.


  4. Melissa @ Melissa's Bookshelf / Apr 13 2013 7:44 am

    Beautiful pictures — I hope the weather warms up for you soon! Ours seems to have gotten consistently better in the last week or two… I’m finally planting some flowers today!

    Here is my SATURDAY SNAPSHOT post.


    • Leslie / Apr 13 2013 8:30 pm

      I’m dying to plant flowers or veggies but the soil is still too cold. We went almost to freezing last night.


  5. therelentlessreader / Apr 13 2013 7:52 am

    Those mallards are gorgeous! No matter how often I see them they still strike me as beautiful 🙂 Now, I’d really like to see some beautiful weather. We got more snow yesterday..sigh.


    • Leslie / Apr 13 2013 8:31 pm

      We had snow flurries today. The marshy area just thawed out last week. The ducks were walking on ice the previous week!


  6. BermudaOnion / Apr 13 2013 8:27 am

    We just sort of skipped spring and progressed right to summer and now everything is coated in pollen. I’m watching birds too. A robin is nesting on our front porch and I think mama and daddy goose are back too.


    • Leslie / Apr 13 2013 8:32 pm

      I’ve been sneezy all week. The pollen has kicked up here too.


  7. irene / Apr 13 2013 9:04 am

    Yup same here on the spring thing. Love your Mallards. I thought spring was here on Monday and went out and cleared up my garden so the tulips could poke through and then by the evening it was freezing rain. The only birds that seem to not mind this are the big fat robins. (all those worms)


    • Leslie / Apr 13 2013 8:35 pm

      I did the same thing, cleaned up the garden last Saturday and now frost again. Sigh.


  8. Arti / Apr 13 2013 9:12 am

    You have rain, we have snow this week… no Crocus for another month. But we have Mallards, yes, lots of them, and may other birds. It’s spring for them.


    • Leslie / Apr 13 2013 8:34 pm

      I still have Juncos, Pine Siskins and Red-breasted Nuthatches in my yard. They must know it’s snowing up north.


  9. Suko / Apr 13 2013 3:13 pm

    What amazing photos! I hope it warms up for you soon.


  10. Louise / Apr 13 2013 4:58 pm

    I’m glad you’re getting some glimpses of spring. Your boys day out photo is fantastic. Those green heads are gorgeous. Their bodies are nice too. I like how lots of ducks are quite graphic and striking in their patterning. Yes, they’re only ducks and so familiar, but when you look at them they can be really beautiful.


    • Leslie / Apr 13 2013 8:36 pm

      This was a handsome group of males… I was wondering where the ladies had gotten off to.


  11. Melwyk / Apr 13 2013 6:43 pm

    Love that pic of the flower in all its glowing yellowness ~ makes me feel as Spring is a possibility, though it doesn’t much feel like it around here. Freezing rain and ice pellets this weekend 😦


  12. Paulita / Apr 13 2013 7:00 pm

    Sorry your spring is so late. We’ve had some great weather this week, but the past two days got cold again. We have daffodils, tulips and hyacinth. I love the hyacinth. Here’s Mine


  13. thenovellife1 / Apr 13 2013 7:20 pm

    the contrast of colors with the duck picture is absolutely stunning!


  14. Alyce (@AtHomeWithBooks) / Apr 13 2013 8:39 pm

    You really caught the colors of the ducks well in that photo – so pretty! The trees started budding and blooming this week here, and it’s lovely.


  15. Jeff / Apr 14 2013 12:58 am

    I love your photos. We are definitely (finally) into spring here in western Kentucky. I expect the hummingbirds back any day. The gold finches are shedding their winter grunge and looking brighter by the day. Our woods is full of birds of a few dozen varieties, including at least 50 cardinals. Our daffodils have done their thing and are on the back side, the hyacinths are pretty, and the forsythia is now beginning to leaf out. Oddly, the dogwoods and rosebuds are behind the curve this year. We had 3″ of rain a couple of days ago and now the woods is greening up rapidly.


  16. Beth F / Apr 14 2013 7:19 am

    happy spring!!!


  17. Wrighty / Apr 14 2013 11:49 pm

    Such beautiful photos! Unfortunately, we are sharing the same weather. I don’t have any flowers yet but I am anxiously waiting for them. Hope we both get Spring very soon!


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