This is a Common Redpole, a tiny little bird with a rosy breast and cap
on it's head.
1. I just hung out a niger seed feeder last week after seeing a flock
of small birds around the trees. I don't usually feed the birds as we have a
couple of red squirrels that are attracted to the feeders and our dog,
Marshall, gets quite excited and annoyed at the squirrels.
Our neighbours have several feeders out all year around so the
birds don't go hungry. However, this feeder has attracted quite a crowd
of little birds, mostly Redpolls.
I took Marshall for a walk this afternoon. He was so excited, stopping
to sniff every smell and to leave his own scent for the next dog going by.
2. A week ago I couldn't have walked along the side of the road due
to ice and snow. I'll be happy to get out more often and so will the dog.
3. The cyclists were even out today. Soon the motorcycles will be out too.
4. This is the field I have posted about before with it's winter cover slowly
melting. Do you see that small blue spot in the left foreground?
That's a beer can. Someone's trash. I'm sure there will be a lot more
of these and other items like Tim Horton's coffee cups appearing
in the ditches along the roadways once the snow melts!
I usually do my own clean up on my walk once the snow is gone.
5. This is our driveway - almost bare of snow. It was totally covered with
snow and ice about 3 inches deep last Wednesday! There's even
green grass at the sides!!
6. Daffodils!! I can't believe they are up this high and even showing today.
On Friday there was over 2 feet of snow here and I could barely see the shoots
underneath the snow.
7. And crocuses! If you click to enlarge you can see a tiny purple bud
on the upper left of the clump. Amazing what 3 days of mild temperatures,
a lot of rain, fog and a bit of sun will do.
8. I had to add a new one of the hay bale. :-) Look at how the snow
has melted from the field!
I realize these signs of spring may not be very exciting to some of my readers
in the south but for us here in eastern Canada it's just great! And I know
the Canadian prairies had a cold, snowy and blustery weekend so I
hope it warms up for them soon. :-)
Those are my signs of spring for now. No doubt we'll get another snow storm
to cover everything up again but it won't last long.
Thank you so much for all your sweet comments on my last post. I appreciate
each one of you and enjoy checking out your blogs too.
See you soon!