Posted by: atowhee | April 27, 2011


The wintering ducks have left Ashland Pond.  It’s weeks since the Great Egret–there almost daily this winter–headed back SOUTH for the breeding season.  Daily now the swallows and their attendant Vaux’s Swifts circle and loop over the water, mouths open.  The Yellow-rumped Warbler population has risen almost ten fold over just a month ago.  Common Yellowthroats have come, and apparently gone.  Chickadees and Titmouse are nesting.  And today the buttercup bright male Bullock’s Orioles, a trio of them, disputed possession of the tallest cottonwoods along that stretch of Bear Creek.

Along the path, in some surviving berry brambles, there was an even brighter flash of gold.  A male Wilson’s Warbler, first of the season for me, was feeding just above the ground.  His bright yellow would challenge a daffodil, and he tops it off with a glossy black skullcap.  Both the Orioles and warbler will be nesting somewhere around the pond this summer.

An Orange-crowned Warbler peeking at me from a maple.

As always, the star of show: the Acorn Woodpeckers.  This one, high up on a slender trunk was not giving out the usual cackle, but a loud insistent, “bweet, bweet” call that I only hear this time of year.


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