So Long, April!

One of the things I like about blogging is that I can look back on previous years and reminisce! No, I don’t get teary-eyed and long for the “good old days”, but I like to see the weather, the flowers, the birds, and the animals.  It is fun to see what I was photographing a year or so ago.

This April has been a fairly chilly one.  A few weeks ago, I heard on the radio that the average temperature for that particular time was about 53 degrees and we were somewhat “stuck” in the 30’s.  Today, I looked at a forecast that predicts temperatures much warmer….in the 70’s for a few days.

While everything has been cooler than “normal”, (does anyone have any idea what *that* means?) I have enjoyed a beautiful display of springtime flowers.  The Crocuses arrived, then faded.  Then came the Daffodils.  Right alongside the Daffodils, the Hyacinths bloomed!  I haven’t had that happen before. It was pretty seeing all the yellows and purples.  And I even got a surprise in the form of a sixth Hyacinth plant when I only planted five.  I wonder if the “gardeners”, ie, chipmunks and squirrels, somehow managed to eke that sixth plant for me?

Now the garden is beginning to come to life.  I see many, many Calendula plants beginning, along with Columbines.  The Black-Eyed Susan’s are also poking their heads above the soil.

Even with all this activity going on in the garden, the landscape here remains a palette of browns and grays. The trees are just beginning to bud and if the weather forecast is correct, we should bee seeing some green soon!  In the meantime, those bare limbs are providing nice perches for a variety of colorful birds.

A pair of finches…House Finch and Goldfinch.  They are so pretty and their cheerful songs and delightful chirps could brighten even the grayest of days.

If you look very closely at this photo, you can make out the Red-Bellied Woodpecker hanging onto the side of the tree above this little House Finch.

And speaking of Red-Bellies, this little female sat in the tree for some time, thinking about swooping down to the feeder for a sunflower seed.

This afternoon, I had a thought.  What if I placed some sunflower seeds on the railing of the back deck?  Well, they blew off…it has been a windy April!  So, I placed the seeds in the cap of a jar and weighted it down with a stone. I put in some seeds and within minutes, a little Chickadee arrived!

I think he or she was thanking me before flying off with a seed clenched firmly in mouth!

This morning, it was fairly cool outside, but I sat out anyway, relaxing to the birdsong.  The Finches were totally exquisite and in the distance, I could hear a Robin,  a Phoebe, a Cardinal, and a Pileated Woodpecker. I must say, the woodpecker’s “squawking” isn’t totally enjoyable, but it only added to the chorus much like the little old tone-deaf lady in the choir who sings off-key; a little upsetting, but grace covers all!  And, to even more delight, as I watched, a doe and her youngsters from last year appeared, grazing on the fresh grasses in the woods.  A totally idyllic morning, or at least a few stolen minutes!