It was raining all morning, but I had no classes and no meetings, and it's supposed to snow again soon, so I decided to live the wild life (get it? HAH!) and go see if the swans were there. And they were!
I didn't stay long because of the rain, but I found another place with more swans (which is actually where this picture's from), across the highway and on a mud road. And then I saw an eagle, but it was uncooperative and took off as I stopped to take a picture.
|Red Winged Blackbird|
Having had success with the swans, I decided to go have a look at some of the biking roads, just to check out how they look (potholes and also gravel being my concerns).
They're eye stopping, for me. (I guess wood ducks are even cooler, so maybe someday for them.)
Aren't these beautiful? I took about a dozen pictures in the rain, but this is the only one that came out close to decent.
Do you notice how these pictures seem to show two male ducks hanging out with one female? I guess it's that time of year for ducks.
The American Goldfinches in my yard are quite suddenly sporting almost full breeding plumage, only the bright yellow still looks a bit dingy in patches, but the black head patch is now looking very sharp. And there are robins in my yard again.
So maybe it is spring after all?
I'm sometimes fascinated by trying to figure out spring. Last year, I posted about full blown (literally!) crocuses in mid march. In 2010, I showed daffodils in early April and Crocuses in late March.
In 2009, it looks like I had crocuses up by April 16, which seems likely this year, too.