Saturday, April 8, 2017

Signs of Spring - 08 Apr 2017

At home here at Brownton Abbey a pair of Blue-winged Teal made an appearance in the small pond at the Long Lake Dr. entrance off of Arsenal Rd. I saw them yesterday afternoon, and this morning they were seen swimming, and resting along the shoreline.  A pair of Wood Ducks were in the pond next to the Main Entrance to the Del Webb Bridgewater but flew before I could get any photos from the trees. As I returned to the car an Eastern Phoebe was singing from the woods next to the clubhouse.

Asia and I spent some time on the back deck enjoying the sun on this chilly morning. Dark-eyed Juncos continue here by the dozen. American Goldfinches have ripened.

Despite Asia being just 20 feet away the Fox Sparrow came by for a seed or two, and offered some digiscoped images from the deck. A Sharp-shinned Hawk flap-flap-flapping and gliding overhead gave it reason to scamper back into the thickets.

Over at Meijer (off of Telegraph and Vreeland) I found 9 Lesser Scaup and a Horned Grebe on Thursday. This morning the scaup remained but the grebe had disappeared.

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