Spring has arrived early this year after a mild winter. Migrants have been here in full force. Red-winged Blackbirds and American Robins blanketed the neighborhood for days and Sandhill Cranes were seen high overhead. All that planting you did last year to provide blooms for pollinators in late winter and early spring is now paying off.
A week ago the Crabapple tree between our house and the house next door was loaded with Cedar Waxwings feeding on crabapples which still remain on the tree.
This morning, after a light snow fell, birds were scrambling for food. The Crabapple tree was invaded once more and this time the Waxwings were joined by Robins, Jays and Towhees.
In addition, our suet feeders were a very popular spot. Appearing in this clip are a Pine Warbler, Carolina Wren, Brown-headed Nuthatch, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, and two Yellow-rumped Warblers.
Happens every year about this time. Snows one day and two days later it’s 70 degrees. Today was glorious and things continue to wake up. Budding, buzzing and if not foolin’ around, then certainly thinking about it. The bluebirds are out in abundance. (male and female Eastern Bluebird, male eastern Bluebird and Yellow-rumped Warbler and male Eastern Bluebird and Downy Woodpecker).
Plants are starting to come alive too. There are buds on the native azaleas and the woods poppies are beginning to leaf out.
Some plants overwintered in the basement with grow lights. The Limequat is having its leaves cleaned since in the artificial environment the plant, because of the presence of aphids, gets sooty mold. Outside, aphids have natural predators. Ridding the plant of the sooty mold allows the leaves to do their job of photosynthesis and respiration and makes the plant much healthier.