Within the past two weeks we have jumped 45 degrees in temperature! From covering the newly purchased and planted plants at night to requiring sunscreen for a walk, it is -- in many ways -- a typical Michigan spring. That is, a day or two of sunny and 70, then 88 and sticky! It also means there is a good deal of action at the ditch, not the least of which was the buzzing of Harry by a red-winged blackbird!
In my two most recent walks, I was treated to some lovely blooms...
...and more than a few swimming experts!
I'm seeing more ducklings around and they are getting all the lessons they need to handle life in the ponds!
I often hear frogs on my walk, their deep voices bellowing as I near the water. But I rarely see them. This fellow was taking a few minutes to dry off and sun himself on a rock.
I love his eyes! They are the true essence of "beady eyes."
As for bird action, there was plenty! This handsome jay was flitting around. I wish he'd share a feather or two with me!
And more red-winged blackbirds. I think this is the most prevalent species down there.
I'm not sure on this one, but looking at David's photos, I'm going to guess a female red-winged blackbird. (How far off the mark am I?)You know I love seeing the goslings, which are getting a bit long and leggy as they quickly mature. But this is a sight you don't want to see -- goslings on the walkway with their parents.
Father -- or Mother -- Goose are pretty terratorial with their young and this proud parent was not about to let me get too close and pass by. He was hissing up a storm if I stepped to close.
So, I stood still and zoomed in.
Eventually, they cleared the path and I had the "OK" to continue. I couldn't help but think of the safety patrols in days of old -- you can cross now!
Finally, a last look or two at Harry, who was having a banner day fishing.
When he pulled this up, I was curious. A very large fish?
It appears to be he was getting in his veggie quotient for the day with a lily pad!
And after dinner, time to groom a bit!
I leave you with another look at the fluffy goslings. I have a feeling by the next time I see them, we may not recognize each other!
Ah! The sweet feeling of spring-into-summer.