An Early and Warm Start to Spring

By , March 16, 2012 8:16 pm

It is suddenly and so completely spring. The mean temperature for the first 9 says of March was 24.2 and the mean temperature for the next 7 has been 47.0. The Spring birds are on the move.  In the last week we have seen the first appearance of a bunch of favorites:

Eastern Bluebird 3/14/12

Eastern Bluebird 3/14/12

Eastern Bluebird 3/14/12

Fox Sparrow 3/14/12
Killdeer 3/14/12
Northern Harrier 3/14/12
Sandhill Crane 3/14/12
Song Sparrow 3/14/12
Purple Finch 3/13/12
House Finch 3/13/12
Barred Owl 3/13/12
American Robin 3/12/12
Common Grackle 3/11/12
Red-shouldered Hawk 3/9/12

We put opened up one Bluebird house earlier this week and erected another house in the back of the property we rent.  Once the ice melts on the lake we can expect a good bunch of ducks, geese and swans. We have already heard a few swans but haven’t been close enough to identify them.

Below is a photo of an immature Bald Eagle taken at Crane Meadows in Little Falls. We have been seeing Eagles all winter but here is the first photo I have been able to get in years.

Bald Eagle

Bald Eagle taken 3/14/12

2 Responses to “An Early and Warm Start to Spring”

  1. Shawnne says:

    I am so excited about Spring arriving early! The return of the Eastern Bluebird excites me so! They are so beautiful and I love their song. The Juncos are also hanging out; this is a sure sign of Spring. We have a beautiful Fox Sparrow, always a gorgeous sight! I love the activity of the eagles and hawks. Seeing Northern Harriers is awesome! I have been raking the front yard the past two days. There’s lots more to do! Can’t wait for the warblers to return. We are going to be very busy this Spring!

  2. Bill A. says:

    Wow, you have some excellent bird photos there!
    I love the bluebird and eagle photos!
    Bill

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