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April 27, 2013

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.

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The world is greening rapidly now.

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Mayapple has appeared on the forest floor.

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Brambles are leafing out.

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Trees are flourishing rapidly.

A host of bright blooms have pushed up from beneath the leaf litter:

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Other things have emerged:

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These young Gray Squirrels are starting to brave the great outdoors- what a scary place!

Some familiar warm-weather friends are back:

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Some birds are preparing to raise their young:

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A Song Sparrow, singing to attract a mate or to defend a territory.

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This male Turkey gobbled and displayed for nearby Turkey ladies.

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Many a nest is being built this month.

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This Titmouse quivered its wings, lowering her head with beak open- its mate was nearby, finding food to feed her.  This reinforces pair bonding.

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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!

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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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Don’t miss the show!

26 Comments leave one →
  1. April 28, 2013 12:51 am

    Great post and pictures as always. How did you get those squirrels to pose?

  2. April 28, 2013 2:26 am

    The birds, the butterfly are great signs, along with the leaves starting to show that spring has finally arrived. Love your photos, they are really enjoyable.

  3. April 28, 2013 3:46 am

    Beautiful photos – it looks as if spring has finally arrived where you are. We are still waiting over here, although the south of the country is having better weather. I am puzzled by the migrants – can’t name any of them – so I will wait with interest to see what they are!

  4. April 28, 2013 8:15 am

    There are leaves on the trees around you! Spring is always lovely, especially in your photos!

  5. April 28, 2013 10:52 am

    Lovely signs of spring – finally!

  6. April 28, 2013 11:33 am

    there I was taking a walk In WordPress, and clicking this n’ that, and suddenly I was in woodland, and all manner of beautiful things were lining up for me to view… 🙂 Just lovely to watch nature doing it’s thing in Spring…. … Many thanks and bye for now… x

  7. April 28, 2013 11:35 am

    Faint eye-ring, heavily streaked breast, Hermit Thrush.

  8. April 28, 2013 8:46 pm

    Beautiful photographs and signs of Spring!

  9. April 29, 2013 7:33 pm

    Spring has always been my favorite season and your post illustrates why beautifully. I love the squirrel shot!

    • April 29, 2013 9:15 pm

      The young squirrels are popping out of their tree hole nests in force this past week here! Great fun to see them 🙂

  10. April 30, 2013 1:20 am

    You sure have a lot of spring activity. Far ahead of us here.

  11. May 2, 2013 8:13 am

    An ode to spring I would say, a beautiful one too! Is there anything you didn’t see, LOL! it’s like everything came out for a photo shoot. Margie

  12. May 2, 2013 8:47 am

    Beautiful! We are finally starting to come to life in Wisconsin.

  13. May 18, 2013 2:50 am

    I LOVE that squirrel photo!

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