Celebrating Spring at Prairie Oaks

Recently we spent several hours at Prairie Oaks Metro Park looking for migrating warblers and other signs of spring. We were completely drawn into the moment with butterflies, wildflowers, warblers and other migrating birds surrounding us as we walked along the river. Sunlight filtering through the emerging translucent leaves creating the effect of green stained glass further setting the mood.

In addition to the pictures below a number of birds and butterflies were seen where no photograph was possible. So below is just a glimpse of what you might have seen had you walked the trails in the last few days. Some pictures turned out amazingly well and others fall into the category of “data acquisition” but they all, in their own small way, celebrate spring at Prairie Oaks.

as always you can click on and image for a better view


At Prairie Oaks many forms of life are attracted to the river.


The Big Darby, study 1


Like warblers, flycatchers and other birds.


A Baltimore Oriole watches as we head down the trail.

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Black and White Warbler, (Donna)


A Tufted Titmouse looks for insects


A Great Crested Flycatcher announces it’s presence with a unmistakable call.


A Eastern Towhee peeks from behind the leaves.


A Kingbird surveys it’s realm from a tree top.


Blue-gray Gnatcatchers like to be around water.

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Yellow-throated Vireo


Palm Warbler

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Yellow-throated Warbler

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Catbird, (Donna)


Magnolia Warbler

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Warbling Vireo, study 1

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Warbling Vireo, study 2


Nashville Warbler


Nashville Warbler


Constantly in motion, a Ruby-crowned Kinglet plays hide and seek.

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The smaller creeks that feed into the river are often dry by mid summer.


Spring flow.


Butterflies were enjoying the spring sun.


Eastern Comma


Painted Lady


A pond that may also be dried up by July.


Spring Pond


But right now the pond is home.


Leopard Frog in hiding.


Water Strider


Fungi run a very close second to wildflowers in natures beauty contest.

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Shelf Fungi, (Donna)


Wildflowers compete for our attention.

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Wild Geraniums, (Donna)

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Phlox, (Donna)


Dandelion along the trail.

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Buckeye leafing out, (Donna)


The Big Darby was flowing clear.


The Big Darby, study 2


Translucent leaves contribute to the magic of spring.


The springs woods at Prairie Oaks

7 Comments on “Celebrating Spring at Prairie Oaks

    • We were pretty happy with what we saw considering we may not make it up to Magee Marsh this year due to other commitments. The nice thing about Prairie Oaks this time of the year is that during the week you’re lucky to see one other person while birding. The same can’t be said for Magee Marsh.

  1. I like the landscape pictures that show a bigger picture of what is happening in nature! Great pictures!

  2. Great shots. Our buds have yet to even burst! Lucky! Incredible diversity of bird life over there.

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