The redwinged blackbirds are back!
They clean up the seed beneath the feeders, with help from a few grackles. The female redwings have brown stripes and look quite different from the males. (click photo to enlarge for a better view).
These photos were taken on March 11th and most of the snow has melted since then,
Usually they fly away immediately, but these two let us get a little closer before they took off.
There's a nice view of the farm from over there.
These two beauties were happy to say hello.
A little further along we found more horses enjoying the mild morning.
Back home on a different day I quickly grabbed the camera to catch a shot of another neighbor out for a jaunt with the horse and buggy.
It's almost time to take the winter covering off the roses. Some have already been removed. And there's still plenty of clean-up work to do.
We won't see blooms until May.
The cutleaf maple is budding. This photo was taken on a cloudy day....
....and this one on a sunny day. What a difference in the color of the sky!
The brave little snowdrops bloom alone still.....
....but yesterday I finally spotted crocus shoots emerging beside the daffodil spears.
And the tulips are growing!
We've been seeing the wild turkeys most mornings in the field next to the house.
And starlings are always after an easy meal. Although they sometimes feed in flocks in the yard, luckily we don't get too many at the feeders.
I sighted our first two robins on March 18th.
Just before I took this photo, Jasmine, in full "spring fever" mode, had made a flying dash across the yard and raced up the maple tree. I ran for my camera, but by the time I got back outside she was sitting on the ground. She did pose nicely though. :)