A fling with spring.

Connie Kaldor says it best in her song “Spring on the Prairies”.

Spring on the Prairies comes like a surprise
One minute there’s snow on the ground
The next there’s sun in your eyes…..

You can get the whole song with some help from your friend and mine. “Dr. Google”.

It is easy to be optimistic about the state of the world when spring swoops in and delivers a plethora of migrating birds, budding plants, pollinating insects, rain the gift of life and new life bursting out of the ground.

A pair of Common Mergansers. Even after exhaustive searching I was unable to locate the “Merganser Salon” that specializes in unique feather arrangements for the females.

The American White Pelicans have returned to the weir in Saskatoon and ignore with impunity the advice of a more cautious species which diligently advises its young to “Stay away from the Weir”.

This Lincoln’s Sparrow was checking out the seeds I had thrown onto my walkway.

This White-throated Sparrow is in full breeding plumage and nicely combines a black and white striped top with yellow accents and a black rimmed white bib.

Haskaps are truly a prairie miracle. (Developed right here in Saskatoon by Dr. Bob Bors at the University of Saskatchewan Fruit program. Click HERE FOR MORE INFO.
One of the first plants to flower and set seed these delicious purple delicacies are on track to give us a feed by late June.

On the right are two beginning berries where the flower has dropped and the berries are doing their berry thing to grow big and plump and purple.

Working for the minimum wage pollen can offer this Two-spotted Bumble Bee is busy ensuring our fruit supply.

Here it is heading off to another flower. As a reader of this blog you qualify for an extra packet of pollen if you can count the ‘beats per minute’ on the wing vibrations.

Helping its big cousins this Milwalkee Mining Bee had also signed up for the Haskap pollination duty roster.

This tiny parasitic fly was hanging out on the cedar bush waiting for the sun to warm it up as it was soon headed off to a pride parade after selecting the wing set with the boldest rainbow colours.

A member of the Blow Flies, this character was a short distance away on the same cedar bush. It apparently did not get the memo about the pride parade as it remained in its drab dark coat.

These last three pictures are blossoms from the apple tree in the front yard.

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12 Comments

  1. Joe and Marilyn May 20, 2024 at 11:10 am #

    Another beautiful series Trent. Thanks for sharing them.

  2. Sally May 15, 2024 at 5:38 pm #

    Hi Trent, Your beautiful photos have absolutely made my day!
    So many thanks for the close-up look at the lives of the birds and bees!
    I hope the smoke isn’t bothering you too much.

  3. Jan C May 15, 2024 at 5:01 pm #

    I’m loving spring! The lilacs are blooming along the river bank! Thanks Trent1

  4. Robert May 15, 2024 at 1:48 pm #

    Awesome Trent!
    But I’m not sure what it is the Mergansers have in ‘Common.’ If I had seen them together without your commentary i would have thought “why are those two birds of obviously different species swimming so close together?” I’ll be watching for their salon…

  5. Lynne May 15, 2024 at 12:40 pm #

    I always look forward to your blogs, Trent. Incredible photography.

  6. Kaeli May 15, 2024 at 11:27 am #

    I love seeing your photos and getting a close up encounter with some if these beautiful creatures!

  7. Ken Luthi May 15, 2024 at 10:46 am #

    Never get tired of looking at your fantastic photos Trent they are just great

  8. Ken Luthi May 15, 2024 at 10:44 am #

    Never get tired of looking at your fantastic photos Trent

  9. Kelly Koski May 15, 2024 at 10:00 am #

    Happy smiles and wondrous sighs…Oh, the excitement -when Trent’s Blog finally arrives! You admire his photos and exclaim, My oh my!…. ’til you wake up and realize…Trent Watts.. has….Done it – AGAIN….He’s got us admiring the iridescent wings of …a…. DIsGuStInG….FLY!!!

  10. Sharell May 15, 2024 at 8:56 am #

    Interesting facts on the Haskaps. They are also grown now in our area. Wonderful photos of birds and bees!

  11. Margaret May 15, 2024 at 8:18 am #

    What a lovely gift Trent. I enjoy your photos and commentary very much.
    Many thanks.
    Margaret.

  12. Farook May 15, 2024 at 8:03 am #

    Great pictures. Love them all
    Farook

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