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Late Spring.

May 25, 2013

It’s late in the month of May, and spring has pretty much run its course- summer is just around the corner (hard to believe it came on so fast), and spring migration is finishing up.

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Out in the woods, the canopy and undergrowth are already summer-thick.  This means the end of the spring ephemeral wildflowers that flourished in the forests when there were far less leaves to block out the sun; unfortunately, it also means that it’s harder to spot birds moving through the trees.

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Wildflowers flourishing now are those that are of a summery disposition.

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Blackberry brambles are starting to bloom.

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Honeysuckle Bush blooms are yellowing, meaning they will soon be done flowering.

Birds have been migrating through Ohio on their way further north.

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I saw this Indigo Bunting zealously defending his territory from another male of his species- they sang at each other from close by, and flew around each other, testing their boundaries.

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I saw these Cedar Waxwings just yesterday along a deserted horse racetrack, feasting on Mulberries- lovely birds!

Many birds here are nesting and raising families.  You can see the signs when you take a walk.

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These Song Sparrows anxiously called at me from bushes near a path as I walked by- they most likely had young ones close by.

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Many birds are carrying food for young ones right now.

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Red-Winged Blackbirds flew over my head making a racket yesterday- they fiercely defend their territory.

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Here’s why Red-Wings cause such a fuss- a young Blackbird looks around in wonder at its new world before flying off as I got closer.

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I found this egg on the path yesterday- perhaps it is a Starling egg, as there was one singing nearby.  Perhaps a Cowbird pushed it out?  Or maybe the parents tossed out a bad egg?  I picked it up and took it home, keeping it warm on the top of a toaster oven just in case it’s still viable.  I’m not expecting anything to happen, but I’ll let you know if it hatches.

It’s been a great spring!

18 Comments leave one →
  1. May 25, 2013 9:16 pm

    Good luck with the egg!

  2. May 25, 2013 9:38 pm

    You’re a good egg, Tracy. 🙂 It is harder to see the birds hiding in the leaves.

    • May 26, 2013 3:25 pm

      Hah, thanks, Patti! It most definitely is harder to see birds now. That’s one thing about summer that can be exasperating.

  3. May 26, 2013 2:56 am

    A lovely spring walk through your lanes and meadows. The yellow bird (warbler?) is gorgeous. Our spring has not yet finished – some would say it has hardly started! Last year around this date I got sunburnt working in the garden (those were the only sunny days of the whole summer). This year, you still need a jacket. I guess summer will arrive when it’s ready!

    • May 26, 2013 3:26 pm

      Many thanks, Jo! The bird is a Yellow Warbler, one of our common nesting warblers here in Ohio- and they are indeed beautiful. I too got a bit more sun than I planned on yesterday, I made the mistake of thinking that cool weather means you won’t get sunburned too bad!

  4. May 27, 2013 2:06 am

    I always love a walk through the woods during any season, but especially spring and early summer. Your photos were very special, thank you.

  5. May 27, 2013 10:44 am

    You have really captured the essence of spring in these photos!

  6. May 27, 2013 8:31 pm

    It’s going to be extremely interesting to see how you take care of the newly hatched bird if it hatches!

    • May 27, 2013 9:06 pm

      I’ve been turning the egg and making some ‘bird noises’ at it, but no luck yet- this might be all for naught!

  7. May 27, 2013 9:55 pm

    Great images. Your season is much more advanced than ours.

  8. May 27, 2013 11:08 pm

    Well, if the bird in the egg never hatches, you could have a very small omelette. 😉

  9. May 31, 2013 8:11 pm

    I’ll be interested in hearing how the egg goes. We cared for some baby robins growing up that fell out of the nest.

    • May 31, 2013 9:18 pm

      It’s been a week and no luck on the egg, so maybe it’s not to be…have raised some baby birds before though, which is always interesting 🙂

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