Letting Go of Winter

A few days ago we went on one of our first bike rides of the season.


Along the roadside, having made their yearly trip from points south, male Red-winged Blackbirds were busy calling and staking out their territory.


Male Red-winged Blackbird (file photo)


Temperatures pushing into the fifties were not enough to rouse the spring peepers as the places they call home remained covered with ice.


As we rode, a late winter sun, now higher in the sky, lightened a gray brown landscape that for now holds mostly promise.


A sparrow’s song spoke of change, of warmer days.


Song Sparrow, (from a previous post)


The winter had been harsh but generous, covering open water with ice and concentrating waterfowl in rivers, providing a view of birds that are often harder to see.

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Lesser Scaup, (Donna)

and some more common

and some who’s commonness dulls our senses to their beauty.


Today as we walked, a Robin tugged on an earthworm in what we thought still frozen ground and early spring flowers confirmed our suspicion that winter, a guest with it’s welcome worn out, may finally be leaving.

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Snow Drops, (Donna)


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