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The male Rose-breasted Grosbeaks returned several weeks ago and the females have now also returned. There a lot of them hanging out around the feeders. The seem to like the black sunflower seeds and the grape jelly.


I’ve managed to capture a few birds at Gilbert Creek. An Eastern Phoebe which is the first one that I’ve seen at Gilbert Creek.

A Bald Eagle has been hanging around.

A few Mallard Ducks can be found.

Shot of a Song Sparrow early in the morning.

Not long ago the goslings hatched at Hoffman Hills. We stopped by to check on them a few days later and found them feeding on pond scum.

Large-flowered Trillium are now blooming on the farm.


The trees are really budding out at Hoffman Hills.


We normally have a small herd of White-tailed Deer around. In recent weeks has increased in numbers to seven and the last few sighting nine. The seem to be watching for any sign of things growing in my garden. The particularly like the lettuce, peas, beans and beets.


None of the geese or the sandhill Cranes seem to be nesting.

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There are a lot of flowers out on the Red Cedar Trail. Large-flowered Trillium are covering the hills.

In the marsh areas along the trail the Marsh Marigolds and Skunk Cabbage are out.

The Trout Lillies are blooming along some sections of the trail.

The trees are just starting to get their leaves.


I have been seeing quite a few Tree Swallows at Hoffman Hills. This pair was checking out some nesting sites.


I have a large number of American Goldfinches at my feeder this spring.