Monday, April 11, 2011

Spring on the Boardwalk!

I told you it was 'spring on the boardwalk!'
You never really listen, do you?


After a week of freezing temps...and somewhere in there, three inches of snow, Sunday was sunny and in the EIGHTIES! Yes indeedy, spring hath sprung! Me and the Doodles high tailed it out to the BirdMobile(the heck with yard work!) for a beautiful walk on the Magee Boardwalk. I really needed an attitude adjustment, you may have noticed by my last few posts. It's amazing what a walk at Magee will do for you!

And whaddya know? The FIRST Warbly Thing of Spring too! So, it's now officially spring in LoopyLand. Robins are nice. Red-winged Blackbirds are a good sign as well. BUTT...nothin' says spring like a Warbly Thing! I am a happy boy now.

Oh yeah...appropriately enough, the first was a Yellow-rumped Warbly!
This guy was proud of his yellowyness and was showing it off.

Number two Warbly of the spring was a Black-throated Green Warbly(trust me, his throat really is black!)
I think he may be a little ahead of his buddies...


And of course, our constant winter friends, the Downy's are still all around.

Arghhh...I was speaking with Kenny K when we spotted this Brown Creeper...creeping.
I STILL can't get a decent shot of this guy...one day...

Wiggy-waggy...it's and Eastern Phoebe.

Haha. Gadwalls have puffy heads.
That American Coot is laughing.


"Dude! Surf's up!"
This Killdeer must have relatives in California...


Red-winged Blackbird on a mossy log.
Hmmm...that's not funny.


Who's the cutest little Golden-crowned Kinglet?

Hermit Thrushes don't find me amusing.

Two male Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers.
Please note the cowering individual at the bottom.
We now know who runs the neighborhood...


Did you know...
Eastern Comma butterflies hibernate in logs through the winter?
They come out on the first warm days...another fun fact!


The big guy is a Blanding's Turtle, his little buddy is a Midland Painted Turtle.
Just out catching some rays on the local log...

One of the many quotes along the boardwalk...and the one that means the most to me.


*By the way, I still haven't gotten a hold of that #@@*# chipmunk to get my "Hawks At A Distance" book back. When I get him I'll tell you all about the book and that little thieving chipper too!