Wednesday, February 22, 2012

New Arrivals























 Lily got all her winter growth trimmed back, she catches a lot of snow on her paws and belly making her a tiny snowball at times.
A wave of geese flowed across the prairie, a progression to return to nesting grounds to the north. Hundreds of birds assembled in a following of various leaders forming different shaped V's. One long flight was followed by another group of ducks, another huge flock of Northern Shoveler. A few Snow geese intermixed with Canadians soon catch up with the flights ahead. Spring is just around the corner, and the migrations along the Missouri River are a sight to behold.Meadowlarks and Red- winged Blackbirds are some of the early arrivals along with the Robins The calls in the forest of Cardinals and Tufted Titmouse tell me they are ready to begin nesting . I have the weekend off and hope to stay very busy trying to see this symphony of pleasure to be seen out on the prairie.

18 comments:

  1. It doesn't seem possible that spring is so close. We haven't had much of a winter at all. What are those beautiful brown birds with the black and white wings on that feeder?

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  2. Beautiful photos, as always. Love those Cardinals. (Hard to believe a year has passed.) Lily's a pretty lady!

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  3. I take it they're all coming my way. I'm looking forward to their arrival... :)

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  4. The long transition from winter to spring may be easier and less dramatic this year but still a wonder to behold. Although we are not on any major fly ways, we do see flocks of geese flying north, usually in May.

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  5. spring to winter back to spring with a lovely Lily in the mix :)

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  6. Spring is in the air. I'm loving all the birds being back. We were over 70 today and they were everywhere!

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  7. Hi Steve, Bet--since you have the weekend off--that you will be out with your camera!!!!!! I'm already looking forward to your pictures. Hope you see lots of those fabulous birds.

    Great group of photos today... I loved the tulips in that first photo. Spring is COMING!!!!!

    Have a great weekend.
    Betsy

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  8. I love all the bird pictures. That one with the heron spreading its wings is wonderful. The birds have really come out around here recently too. I'm still chasing them with little success though.

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  9. Lily is sweet and so are your bird shots!

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  10. Oh I love that shot of the water birds - are the herons? Whatever they are, the candid exuberance is just fantastic.

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  11. Really cool pics and...Lily is the cutest! In this group of pictures, the first one is my favorite. of course, I mean my favorite after the Lily picture.

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  12. You know from my blog that I'm seeing all kinds of bird activity "over here." Loving it! :)

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  13. What happened to my empty tea cup? I dropped by yesterday and left a comment (love those cardinals and Lily is a pretty lady . . . .) Oh, but Google's a mess. And is gonna get messier as Google Friend Connect disappears on March 1st with Google + taking over. I joined this a.m. and selected 'following' from it's circle choices as I thought this would form a nice foundation from which other circles could be formed later. I'm hoping we can continue to follow each other. I'm at: http://www.kittiehoward.blogspot.com

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  14. Love that Redbird especially!!! Great shots Steve!
    hughugs

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  15. Ahhh Steve, I got all excited when I saw the tulip garden, then the snow; UGH!!! I'm more tuned into the warm right now...but lovely photos!

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  16. Bougainvillea and all that snow? that surprises me. Lovely pics. Is that a great blue showing off for a possible mate?

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  17. Another wonderful serie of photos, Steve.
    I love the couple of herons, flowers and the little red bird.
    My bith Bougainvilleas are in the greehouse but I think they are very cold a couple of weeks ago.

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