Strutting

Just last week a Tom Turkey decided to wander through the neighborhood and although he only had a single female admirer in tow that didn’t stop this handsome guy from displaying his wares.

Over the course of about fifteen minutes we were also privy to his show. Each display period only lasted a few seconds or so but boy what a show.

From a remarkable collection of feathers and unique anatomical features Wild Turkeys are fascinating birds.

Early Riser

We usually don’t see Chippie up this early in the spring. However with the snow rapidly receding and the temperatures somewhat above average Chippie, two in fact, have decided it was time to get busy and awake from a winter in their dens.

Last we we noticed two Chipmunks darting and foraging non-stop even though the grass is still very brown and many parts of the landscape are still covered in a blanket of snow. This guy found a few morsels under the bird feeder where a selective Red-Breasted Nuthatch had discarded a few seeds onto the ground.

Horned Lark 2021

Although snow is still piled high in the farm fields outside of town and night-time temperatures are well below freezing. Just like clockwork the Horned Larks have returned to grace the roadsides the second week of March. While most darted off into those snow filled fields as we gingerly drove the country roads this guy perched on a little snow mound and posed for a minute and two. It was nice to get a good long look at this guy and when the Horned larks return it is another sure sign spring is on its way.

Just Creeping Along

Sometimes just creeping along is the way to go.

Our local population of Brown Creepers will soon disperse to higher elevations and deeper forests not far away but also not close to home. We have enjoyed having a few around this winter and many migrant birds arrive for summer some will go.