Category Archives: Spring

Earth Day at the Arboretum

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This morning have been sitting, sipping coffee and watching the birds in the back yard. There are goldfinches, the brilliant males and understated females, and the male white-throated sparrows are particularly beautiful now in their mating plumage. The white on … Continue reading

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Slow Spring #2

My friend Liz and I went to the arboretum this morning. I was prepared to see an explosion of growth following the warmth and sun of late last week, but the growth was still pretty tame. I am still glad … Continue reading

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A reverie of frogness

We went to the arboretum this Easter morning and when we passed by the peeper pond I walked around it to record the peepers and frogs. Dennis waited on the path, and when I got back to him he said … Continue reading

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70

Today was our friend Hely’s 70th birthday so we went out looking for birds. We saw kestrels, Cooper’s hawks, Harriers, PELICANS (first this year!), great blue herons, American egrets, PURPLE MARTINS back in their houses, swifts, bank swallows and tree … Continue reading

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March Snow

They were not kidding about the snow! We had a late-March snow just after we moved here in 2011. I think this one beats it.  

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Slow spring

Walked in the park today when I needed a break. The prairie has been burned recently, I can still smell the burn. Heard and saw red wings, grackles in big flocks. Goose sitting on nest. Trees have been deadwooded, they … Continue reading

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Rainy walk and belated merlin

On this rainy, gloomy Sunday I insisted we go to the arboretum to see what might be coming up out of the ground. And we did go, ate breakfast on the way out in hopes the rain would abate some. … Continue reading

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Eating Crow

This morning outside my workplace I saw a cluster of crow feathers on the ground, the big wing feathers, along with dozens of little inside downy feathers. I think an owl must have made a dinner of crow last night. … Continue reading

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First RedWing, EARLY!

This morning I saw the male redwings waiting in the trees around the Muny for the females. Last year I didn’t see the first one until February 23rd. Fly fishermen have been fogging the lake since the 1st, when it … Continue reading

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