Posted by: atowhee | February 21, 2011

FALSE SPRING

A swallow does not make a spring.  Nor do the two Tree Swallows over Ashland Pond mean it’s spring.  This species is hardier than is cousins and is often the first to move north.  If today’s 50-degree afternoon temp is replaced by more seasonable cold, these two birds could easily head back south again.

This male Red-winged Blackbird was singing in the willows beside Ashland Pond.  I don’t understand the lyrics, but the song of this male resonated with the local ladies.   Two of them quickly joined him in his willow.

A large number of Yellow-rumped Warblers were fly-catching along the pond.  And over the grassy pasture of Billings Ranch there was a Harrier harrying.


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