Saturday Snapshot March 21: Welcome Back

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We don’t have to wait for the official date. We’ve been enjoying unusually warm weather in the past few weeks. Creatures great and small come out to greet the early Spring; actually, many of them are here throughout the winter. The warm temperatures bring one creature out in particular, the birder.

Good to hear the Cedar Waxwings among the budding branches. Yes, I always hear their convivial buzz before seeing them:

cedar waxwings

Waxwing

The White-tailed deer, here all year round, but seldom do I see such a large party:

deer

The curious red squirrel loves company:

Red Squirrel

I think I saw both the pinkish Common and the white Hoary Redpoll, sent here by Spring and instinct:

Redpoll

Redpoll Hoary?

I’m always amazed to see our Great Horned Owl Mama and Papa coming back to the same spot to nest every Spring for the past few years. Every time, Mama will give birth to two Owlets in exactly the same hollow tree trunk.

Owl's Nest

Once they are fledged, the family will move on. Homing instinct will bring Mama and Papa back the next Spring. Where do the young ones go? Nobody knows.

Can you see Papa Owl in the trees?

Where's Papa Owl

Right in the middle. Here he is, eyes wide shut:

Papa Great Horned Owl

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