Spring in full swing.

What is the thing that makes you swing into spring.
Flowers and shoots
Birds and roots
New born foxes testing their legs
Baby gophers emerging from holes
Drizzles of rain in the crease of your face
Lobbing a stone into a lake
Digging the dirt from under your nails
Spying an ant in a dandelion flower
Walking for hours without an ice curse
Lilac fragrance under your nose
Soft green leaves on the poplar trees
Pervading perfume from flowering trees
OR JUST THE PURE JOY OF BEING ALIVE

Some images from the last few days to round out the joy of spring rejuvenation.

This Red-necked Grebe dove down and returned with material for building a floating nest.

This Male Gadwall and his mate were checking out the local pond.

The Yellow-headed Blackbirds were quite busy singing and choosing partners.

Not to be outdone the Red-winged Blackbirds were just as active and outnumbered their cousins.

The female Red-winged Blackbirds are not as often visible as they are in the reeds. Probably too busy working to have time to sing.

This male Canvasback is a very regal fellow with his ruby eye.

This Palm Warbler was busy darting in and out of the bushes catching bugs.

Who knew that Tree Swallows had such a good sense of humour. Can you imagine the confusion when this swallow lifts the golf ball off the post, carries it to a hole and drops it in.

Then I find out the ball is nailed down. How disappointing!

The swallow on the golf ball reminded me of my childhood growing up in a farming community and going to town for parts and seeing the Case Machinery company emblem with the Bald Eagle on the world. (Image taken from the internet).

For those with a better sound memory than mine you might hear this Song Sparrow as it calls for a mate.

Another flitting little bird that is rarely still for more than a few seconds. This Least Flycatcher is aptly named as it pops in and out of the bushes eating insects.

Pretty sure this is a male House Finch where the red is replaced with orange. One birding app called it an ‘Orange Morph’. (I know, I know, really critical information!!)

What a song this Spotted Towhee was belting out. It sat on this branch for a couple of minutes singing away and I was able to show a family walking by what I was looking at. You never know it could stimulate another young birder.

Hoping for a good apple crop in the tree on Brad and Sarah’s yard.

It has been so cold that few insects have presented for portraits. I was desperate for some macro work so laid on my belly in the lawn and finally found one Dandelion flower with two tiny ants crawling around. This ant is in the Formicidae family and was about 3 mm. long.

Here is what all those birds are working away at eating. You know the feeling where this mass of tiny flying insects swarms your head as you walk along the trail.

House Wrens are such characters. You better believe they are territorial. I was walking along a trail by the river and heard a lot of wren chatter. I stepped into a clearing and this wren was about 10 feet away cussing at me and wanting me to clear out. I took a few images and then left quickly as I didn’t want to disturb if it was trying to establish nesting territory.

I feel the need for full disclosure here. I have always wanted a picture of a Yellow Warbler on a flowering Lilac bush. I thought the colour combo would be perfect. I have photographed lots of Yellow Warblers but they do not seem to land on the lilac bush. I took nature into my own photoshop and came up with a solution. It is not a natural picture but the colours still please me.

Lilac bush in flower.

Yellow Warbler on a branch close to the lilacs.

Photoshop version where the bird was removed and put ‘where it belongs’!

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7 Comments

  1. Earl May 27, 2024 at 7:57 am #

    Sometimes nature needs a little push and you did it perfectly with Photos hope. Great image. It’s the colors of course.

  2. Nola Leighton May 25, 2024 at 9:31 am #

    Oh Trent—Love all these springtime shots! So gorgeous. Julie Andrew’s had it right in Camelot-“It’s May, It’s May, the lusty month of May, That darling month when everything goes blissfully astray”. You’ve captured the month, as always, in your lovely photos—especially the yellow-headed and red-wing blackbird. Down memory lane for all 3 of us. Thanks so much.

  3. Jim Carney May 24, 2024 at 10:10 pm #

    Beautiful work Trent – thanks for sending

    All the Best Jim

  4. Farook May 24, 2024 at 7:02 pm #

    Fabulous bird pictures !! It would be nice to know what bird or Insects they are !!

  5. Kelly Koski May 24, 2024 at 4:43 pm #

    Trent Watts!!
    I was completely captivated and admiring your outstanding bird pictures and their descriptions…and then, suddenly….
    you had me looking very, very closely at pictures of…..
    ANTS!!!
    Exactly how you do these things, I’ll never know…
    .just please….
    keep doing it!!

  6. Margaret May 24, 2024 at 1:19 pm #

    Trent, you find so many reasons to get up in the morning!
    I do prefer the non photoshopped pictures though.

  7. Barb Dawson May 24, 2024 at 12:51 pm #

    Spring is my favourite time of year with all the new growth, bird song. It’s such a hopeful, inspirational season. You captured so many pictures with your words and amplified them with beautiful bird shots. I’ve heard some new bird songs, but haven’t seem them. Thanks for these pictures, Trent.

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