Thanks for leaving your comments on my posts--I've been reading them, but haven't had time to respond. I used to be able to do that at work early in the morning, but now just working 4 hours, I have to actually "work" while I'm there to stay caught up. I hope you all understand. I'm hoping things will get better in June once the migration activity has slowed down a bit.
Today I had to work an afternoon shift to accomodate a meeting that had been scheduled (I was "strongly encouraged" to adjust my schedule in order to attend). It was nice to have a relaxed morning at home and for the first time this spring, I got to sit out on the deck with my coffee and knitting and enjoy the backyard bird serenades. And if I hadn't been home this morning, I would have never seen this........
I just love these brilliantly blue little birdies!
The Goldfinches are singing like crazy too, and I couldn't resist taking a picture of this gorgeous little guy.......
and his sweet little mate on the next branch.
My Baltimore Orioles just got back this past Wednesday also. I was going to try and get a little movie this morning so you could hear how loud he sings in the crabapple tree right by the deck, but he kept hiding on the other side of the tree and I couldn't get a good view of him. But I guess there's plenty of time left this spring.
It's raining right now and I'm hoping it stops in time for our Master Naturalist field trip tomorrow. We're spending the entire day at the Nerstrand Big Woods State Park. I can hardly wait--it's going to be overcast with high temps only in the 50's, but I'm still anticipating that we'll get a chance to see some warblers and other migrating spring birds. Here's an excerpt from an e-mail our instructor sent out this afternoon, "The wildflowers will potentially be spectacular, so bring a camera, a notebook, personal field guides, cool gadgets like Ruth’s iPod bird id gizmo, etc.," I had to chuckle when I read that--he's referring to my birdJam which I've been taking to class every week. I don't really consider myself a "hard-core" birder, but in our class there's only a couple other people who appear to be bird-watchers, so I guess that makes me practically an "expert." I'm hoping to use my birdJam to maybe call in some birds for classmates to get a closer look at--it worked really great with the Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher my sissy and I saw last weekend. (Oh yeah, I've got a shopping bag full of field guides that I'll be toting along to share with classmates too!)
I hope you all have a good weekend and a chance to get outdoors and enjoy spring now that it's finally arrived.