Sunday, February 28, 2010

End of February - We're getting closer!

7:00 a.m., overcast and about 30 degrees. My car windows were covered in a thin sheet of ice and had to scrape it off before going to the park. Everything looked very frosty.

I heard a lot of birds, but didn't actually see that many. The song sparrows and cardinals were very intent on singing and down by the river the geese and ducks are forming their couples. They seemed to enjoy the fact that the river was quite high as it gave them all kinds of extra little nooks and crannies to explore and swim around in. Lots of low lying areas were flooded - so much so, that I couldn't get to the backside of the gardens from the river path because it was flooded so badly.

The red-bellied woodpeckers are quite active around the river as well as a group of mourning doves. Thought I heard the call of an early arriving red-wing blackbird. Further down the path were many woodpeckers - which I couldn't quite see as well as nuthatches roaming up and down the tree trunks. As I mentioned in my last entry, the chipmunks have emerged. The chipper in this picture was quite pleased with himself as he had a large acorn in his mouth and wouldn't let it go for anything in the world - not even a strange woman trying to take his picture.

Three weeks until spring!

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