The Birds of Spring

Our weather has been reaching the 70’s during the last week.  The grass is growing and buds are beginning to swell.  Around the Mill Site there is another sign of Spring.  Pairing off and searching for nest sites, the birds are all around.

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A killdeer scouting for a gravelly nesting site.

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Goldeneye couple on the river.

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The cororants relaxing.

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A pair of mallard soon to be nesting.

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A beautiful pair of Canada geese.

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Teka stares forlornly at a beautiful pair of Canada geese.

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The empty osprey nest waits for it’s builders to return. They should be here in the next couple of weeks. Truly a sign of Spring’s impending return.

Sunrise Curtain

Mary and I always rise before the sun.  It is the time of day that we solve all the world’s problems, over a cup of coffee.  This morning old Tom dog asked to go out.  When I opened the front door, God poked me right in the eyes with a spectacular sunrise.  As the sunrise curtain was lifted, our morning guests were revealed.
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The sun serves us glorious notice of it’s pending arrival.
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The trees are ablaze.

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A mysterious visitor sneaks by at sunrise.
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A male Common Golden-eye visits our pond.

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Our constant guest the American Coot.

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A pair or Ring Neck ducks have take up residence.
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The morning rendezvous.
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Striking a pose.