The middle of spring means central Ohio is just out of the no-man’s -land of early spring, where winter still had a parting shot or two left for us. This isn’t to say that we’re home-free now- one never knows- but despite some chilly weather, the rapid growth of plant life is an unmistakable sign that warm weather is winning. And the growing amount of birds and other creatures agree.
The world is greening rapidly now.
Mayapple has appeared on the forest floor.
Brambles are leafing out.
Trees are flourishing rapidly.
A host of bright blooms have pushed up from beneath the leaf litter:
Other things have emerged:
These young Gray Squirrels are starting to brave the great outdoors- what a scary place!
Some familiar warm-weather friends are back:
Some birds are preparing to raise their young:
A Song Sparrow, singing to attract a mate or to defend a territory.
This male Turkey gobbled and displayed for nearby Turkey ladies.
Many a nest is being built this month.
This Titmouse quivered its wings, lowering her head with beak open- its mate was nearby, finding food to feed her. This reinforces pair bonding.
Bluebirds and Tree Swallows compete for nesting boxes- this back-and-forth went on for a while!
Other birds are migrating through the area, heading north, some coming from far South America where they wintered over. Bonus points for naming them!
This is a fast-moving time for plants, animals, and birds. It’s hard to believe it happened so fast, after months of cold.
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