Saturday, April 25, 2009

Summer Like Saturday

Okay, can somebody please tell me what the heck ever happened to the season we call spring. You know, when the temps are just right and you can hike without breaking a deep sweat and still wear long pants. It seems as if we went from winter right to summer and it ticks me off. I don't like extremes in anything including weather and it seems as if that's all we have lately. Anyhow, I did do some birding today but it wasn't as easy as the past couple of weeks because of these temps. The picture above is of a lone Red Tailed Hawk at St. Phillips Cemetery in Grafton.
My beloved Ruby Crowned Kinglet in Millbury. I think this one is female because I couldn't see the ruby crown and I watched this bird for 10 minutes. I heard another one too so I am hoping they will be nesting nearby.

The gorgeous White Throated Sparrow. Notice that marvelous yellow around its eyes. I love this bird and it's song. Such a perfect bird.

A picture of the first Red Squirrel I have ever seen. HA! Can you believe it. I am 40 years old and this is the first time I have ever seen one of these creatures. So cute! I can't believe they do all of that damage I hear of. This one looked so sweet and innocent perched in the brush pile.

My current favorite Warbler for the month of April which is the Yellow Rumped Warbler.

Another sparrow photo which has me stumped. I was convinced this was a song sparrow until I came home and noticed the yellow. I am thinking its due to the sun because it seems to chubby to be a Savannah. Very perplexing.

A Green Heron at St. Phillips Cemetery. LIFER! Such a small heron in comparison to the Great Blue.

Two Great Egrets at St. Phillips. I am guessing these two are a couple and made a pit stop here before heading north.

More birding tomorrow. This time with the Forbush Bird Club. I am hoping for some thrushes, vireos and warblers of course!

Have a great weekend everyone.


Abe Lincoln said...

It is very hot here too. We had to turn the air on. It should cool off next week. Like your pics.

Chris said...

Hi Kallen,
It looks like you are enjoying yourself. I love this post it is so various and diverse. You got some very nice shot and I love this white-throat and the kinglet.
Surprised about seeing a squirrel when 40, I would tell you that there is no age discover things!! Carpe diem and enjoy yourself is my motto!!

Mildred said...

You had a great day capturing photos today - that is a very cute squirrel in spite of what I know about them!!! Hope you have a great time Sunday and I hope it cools off a bit!

Shellmo said...

It was 74 here yesterday and today is raining like crazy and cold! The kinglet would be fun to see! Love the photo of the red squirrel! They do a lot of damage - they chewed up my chickadee bird house this past weekend - ugh! Congrats on the green heron!!

Ginnymo said...

Wow! You got some great shots Kim, despite the heat. I know what you mean. I can't take the heat so soon. Although I don't go outside in it, I can still feel it inside and I don't feel like getting the air conditioner out yet. I love Red Squirrels!!! But I haven't had any come back in over two years now. Makes me sad. I used to enjoy watching them so much. I've got to post an old clip I have of them. I've seen baby ones here in the past also. Guess those grays have chased them all away. That happened over in England and they shoot the grays because of that fact. Stay cool. This heat won't last. At least I hope not..LOL

Richard said...

Spring is just starting here dispite the 91 deg a couple of days ago. Today is low 50's.

That sparrow is a "LBJ" (Little Brown Job)...I get a lot of them....:-)

Deborah Godin said...

Well, so far we've still got spring, and the birding is a bit slow. You've got some greate shots, as always. That little squirrel looks like he's about to burst into a chorus of Tuts!

Betsy from Tennessee said...

It's been hot here to yesterday and today, Kim. Since we don't use AC (until it gets horribly hot in August), we had to dig out the box and rotating fans from our basement today... What's up with that???? Where's spring???? Gads!!!!!

Great pictures, Kim...

Ratty said...

Those little red squirrels are one of my favorite subjects. They may be my favorite kind. Seeing your different pictures of sparrows, I'm just now finding out how colorful some of them can be.

Larry said...

I feel the same way about the weather.-That's one of the reasons I enjoy heading up to most northern
parts of New England in May.-It extends the Spring weather.

Rene said...

Love all the birds you saw, but that little red squirrel is seriously so cute!


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