I am still hobbling, especially trying to get out a bit and enjoy this lovely weather. Sometimes I howl like a wildcat when I turn the wrong way, or little dogs want to jump up and greet me. I always enjoy seeing who gets to ride the white mule in the picture below, it is over thirty. This is a big family and they bring out two or three trailers full. It is fantastic to see such a large group enjoying each others company. It is family strength that made this prairie what it is today. I am part of a few families as an extended family member, but the patriarch of mine. In Niobrara, Nebraska I met one family who had nineteen kids.
Soon this will be full of blooms
Lots of new bird families working hard to make everything perfect for new generations.
Canadian Geese and brood.
This guy would not leave me alone, it must have just hatched nearby.
When I first saw these Carolina Wrens, I thought both were on top of the nesting box. Getting closer I realized it was a bird and post, until I saw the female inside.
This Brown Thrasher can sing up to 1500 songs. It puts them together and sings a phrase twice, with a string of so many sounds I could not tell when it started over. I enjoyed watching the gesturing also that appeared with different phrases. I have went back every day to this same draw just to listen through the week.
Hey, did you get in my sock and bite me?
This Goldfinch is the state bird here in Iowa. It still has a bit of grey, having not fully molted from its winter color. I remember still the first time we saw one and my Dad thought is could be someone's escaped canary. We followed it trying to get close to rescue it.