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This past week the Baltimore Orioles have returned in large numbers. They usually hang around the feeders for a few weeks until they start raising their young. Once the young are out of the nest they will return to the feeders.

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This afternoon I happened to look out the window and notice a doe and fawn in the field. They wandered around for quite a while. It looked like the doe was looking for someplace to stash the fawn. Unfortunately it is early and the grass is the fields is not very high.

 

These characters have recently shown up at my feeders.

Dark-eyed Junco

American Goldfinch

American Red Squirrel

Pileated Woodpecker

It’s the second year in a row that we have had a blizzard in April. It started snowing on Wednesday afternoon and snowed into Thursday. Thursday brought very strong winds a blowing snow even though the snow was wet. We also had a reddish colored snow. When I went out for a walk I noticed the top inch of snow was a reddish color. Turns out it was dust blown in from New Mexico and Texas. We ended up with about a foot of snow.

I think I noted that about three weeks ago all of the Dark-eyed Juncos disappeared and I haven’t seen one since. However, on Wednesday a few of the turned up at my feeders. On Thursday morning I looked out and there were 30+ of them scattered over a wide area on the ground. The strong winds had blown bird seed over a wide area in the lawn. They were present all day in large numbers.

The other bird I’ve not seen for a while is the American Goldfinch. They also turned up in large numbers. I noticed that they had started to turn color since I had last seen them.

There were a variety of other birds at the feeders during the storm.

White-breasted Nuthatch

Song Sparrow

Northern Cardinal – female

Northern Cardinal – male

Downy Woodpecker

Black-capped Chickadee

I took my macro lens out for the first time this year and managed to get a few photos as I walked around the farm.

First spring buds

Worm marks

Lichens

Lichens

It was a foggy morning on the farm so I decided to walk out into the woods and create some forest abstracts. These were created by moving the camera up and down or rotating the camera.

 

 

More abstract photography on the farm.

 

Today my wife saw the first Eastern Bluebird. This is the first of the summer birds to return to the farm. Can’t wait to get some photos.

Eastern Bluebird

Eastern Bluebird

 

The snow is finally melting and I’m finding small towns have been built in the yard. I’m assuming these were built by Voles.

 

 

 

A few photos of male Northern Cardinals. They seem to be mad about something. Maybe they are hopping spring arrives soon.