Songs of spring

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Ahhh…the return of the Yellow Headed Blackbirds and their wonderful squeaky-raucous chorus making a walk around the local wetlands a wonderful springtime ritual.
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“With a golden head, a white patch on black wings, and a call that sounds like a rusty farm gate opening, the Yellow-headed Blackbird demands your attention.”
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That description from the Cornell Lab of Orinthology pretty much sums up these wonderful birds. Every spring we sit, listen and love to photograph the males belting out their tunes. If you have never heard these guys sing it is a sound you will not soon forget.

Hello sunshine

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A male Ring-necked Pheasant looking into the warming ray of the morning sun. We have one of these guys (but not this one) hanging around the neighborhood and crowing away the last few mornings in hopes of attracting a few ladies. Both seeing and hearing him has been a nice way for us to start the day.

Hello sunshine.

Roosting

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Early one morning we spotted these White Faced Ibis resting on a local lake. Not a common sight around here and within a half hours after taking this photo they flew off. I have yet to see them on this lake again.

 

For the next couple of weeks we will be posting some of our favorite posts from the past as we take a small respite from the digital world.

Horned Lark 2019

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A sure sign of spring is the arrival of Horned Larks scurrying about along the sides of rural gravel roads outside of town flying of into the still snow covered fields. Occasionally a bird will perch along the road along on the barbed wire or better yet a fence post and allow a quick portrait session to occur. This day a wonderful looking Horned Lark sat and perched for several minutes giving us a nice look and the chance for a few photos as well.

Wake up call

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Looks like somebody got a wake up call and right on time as well. With little holes poking through the still snow covered fields all through the valley the Prairie Dogs are definitely wake up. One big stretch, a quick look around and it time to go on this fine spring morning.

As blue as blue can be

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With snow still filling the landscape the male Mountain Bluebirds have arrived to stake out their territories and find the best nest boxes along a quiet bluebird trail.

This handsome gentleman was quietly sitting on a fence post looking as blue as blue can be but in a very good handsome bluebird way.