The natural world around me, both a few steps and a few miles, away.
Sunday, April 10, 2011
Out of My Rear Window 4/10/11
Yup, that's the beginnings of green grass there. The weather has been warmer, the plants are greening up, and the tree pollen is flying. Spring is here! It looks like the Common Redpolls are gone. Since I got back from Virginia, I have seen fewer and fewer until, today, I have not seen a single one. Now I just hope that the Goldfinches come back.
The feeder is pretty quiet today, but I did see this Red-bellied Woodpecker on my suet feeder.
And, someone else was feeding there, also. They certainly are opportunistic little critters. Good thing they're so cute.
High on a telephone pole in the front, this turkey vulture was surveying his kingdom, seeing what dead things he could find. It's not the greatest shot, and I had to adjust the picture quite a bit to bring him out more against the background.
Gina was watching it all from her perch in my kitchen window.
And, I think that she was watching this little fellow most closely. Here he is, my perpetual sign that Spring is not coming any more, it's here. I love chipmunks, they're so cute, and such hard workers. This guy, and all of his relatives, will spend the Spring, Summer and Fall under my feeder, frantically gathering up sunflower seeds. I can just picture his underground lair as Winter comes, stuffed to the top with hundreds and hundreds of the seeds. He'll be nice and cozy down there, as the cold winds blow.