Monday, April 5, 2010

Blink and Whoosh!

Monday, April 5, 2010
Blue-gray gnatcatcher.

Dear Readers:

My sincere apologies for the sparse and irregular posts of late. After my first Guyana post last Monday I had the very best of intentions last week about sharing some more from that trip but then life revved up into krazy-train mode. I blinked and it's another Monday!

I will try to do better this week. I hope you'll stick with me (I do appreciate your patience).

In other news the blue-gray gnatcatchers got in this morning on the farm. I heard my first brown thrasher of the spring on Sunday, and the eastern meadowlarks were battling it out over the meadow this morning. We watched them from the tower where we'd run hoping to identify three mystery ducks that flew over the hills to the west of us. No joy on the ducks, but the woods showed us its flimsy spring garments—the tree buds and blossoms exhibiting the most wishful thinking possible. We'll see if leaping into spring so soon is warranted or even advisable. I fear winter may yet have a face slap or two in its arsenal.


On April 6, 2010 at 9:15 AM dguzman said...

Same fears about warm weather here in Central PA, Bill. I'm just waiting for April snow.

On April 8, 2010 at 8:41 AM Anonymous said...

I can't say I'm not envious of your intense warbler activity up north, but Reason #102 "Why I live in South Texas"? Spring starts in mid-February after 2 months of mild winter with no snow. Our spring this year has been outstanding. After years of intense drought, El Nino brought us more winter rain than we've ever seen. That's given us a wildflower season not seen in decades. The bluebonnets are outstanding. The meadow behind my house is solid blue and the Black-chinned Hummingbirds love it.

Tina G
San Antonio, Texas

On April 8, 2010 at 9:51 PM Dave Lewis said...

Spring hath sprung!
We have Yellow-rumped and Palm Warblers at Magee!

On April 9, 2010 at 9:38 PM Bill S. said...

We really do understand but you have so much knowledge and talent in the birding community, we appreciate what we can get. Tomorrow I will post abou the Sage grouse leks.