Early Spring Birds 3-23-15

Cassin's Vireo 3-23-15

Cassin’s Vireo 3-23-15

First of season Cassin’s Vireo showed up at the swamp this morning. It was busy dining on bugs.  The bird’s back was a nice green-yellow.  March 23 is a bit early for migrating Cassin’s Vireos.

Another first of season bird also showed at the same spot, a crisp male Townsend’s warbler, a common spring migrant.  Also, an early bird, these birds usually filter through in mid-april.

Townsend's Warbler 3-23-15

Townsend’s Warbler 3-23-15

 

Evening Grosbeak 3-22-15

Evening Grosbeak 3-22-15

The wintering pair of Evening Grosbeaks that showed up on February 16 continue.   In December 2012  a female showed up and stayed all winter, being seen every day at my seed feeder until early April.

Evening Grosbeak 3-22-15

Evening Grosbeak 3-22-15

Evening Grosbeak 3-22-15

Evening Grosbeak 3-22-15

Orioles, Hooded and Bullock’s, have been freeloading off of my jelly feeders.  I’ve had as many as 9 in the yard at once yet the peak of their migration is still a while off.

Hooded Oriole 3-22-15

Hooded Oriole 3-22-15

Hooded Oriole 3-22-15

Hooded Oriole 3-22-15

Audubon's Warbler 3-22-15

Audubon’s Warbler 3-22-15

The pond on 11-11-14

The pond on 11-11-14

The Pond  3-22-15

The Pond 3-22-15Modern ArchaeologyModern Archaeology

Rather than using old- fashioned engineer’s scales to depict the size of an artifact, modern archaeologists use beer cans. But you’d expect that they drink better beer.

 

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