Friday, April 18, 2014

Sunset through forest
The latest chill (and I sure hope it was the last big one of this season) is easing. The dog-toothed violets appear to have come through okay for the most part. I have yet to see any other flowers in the forest, but I am beginning to notice a green "haze" around some shrubs. That haze will no doubt soon become leaves, perhaps tomorrow when the temperature warms to seasonal levels again.

In the mornings, I hear two summer visitors—the eastern phoebe and the robins among the ever-present cardinals. Now is the time of year when, for a few days, I have both robins and juncos. It always seems odd to me to see the northern visitors and the southern visitors together. The togetherness doesn’t last long. Many of the juncos have already left.

As yet, I’ve not yet heard the song of the wood thrush or the cry of the ovenbird. It is still a few days, perhaps a week, too early for them here. I expect them about April 23, though occasionally they are 3-4 days later than that. Once they arrive, the morning chorus of bird song will be in nearly full voice, loud enough to wake me up in mornings without the need for an alarm.

For now, the forest shows signs of waking up after a very long, winter nap. It still has a ways to go, but the slumber is ending.


John "By Stargoose And Hanglands" said...

Glad to hear things are warming up slowly. Over here spring is well under way, rather earlier than usual.

Scott said...

Last evening (Friday), as I was drawing the curtains to keep the warmth in the house, I noticed that the sky was blazing pink. I rushed outside to snap a few images; I haven't downloaded them yet, but will do so over the weekend and post one or two if they are decent (like yours).

We've got palm warblers passing through here this weekend further east, so you're bound to get some summer residents really soon, too. By the way, we had robins (lots of them) all winter here, even though it was so cold, snowy and miserable. I have no idea what they were eating after they stripped all the obvious fruit from the shrubs and ornamentals. They're pretty hardy birds.

Sharkbytes said...

I keep thinking I'll be saying the same here, soon. But so far... just cold.

Carolyn H said...

John: Spring is speeding up here, trying to catch up, I think, after the long winter.

Carolyn H said...

Scott: I think I saw the same sunset, but was out walking a puppy, sans camera, during it. By the time I got back to the cabin, the best part of it was over. I have yet to see a warbler here, though I had both kinglets and gnatcatchers here this weekend.

Carolyn H said...

Joan, I hope your spring starts soon. Mine is trying to make up for lost time!