"A Sand County Almanac"

"THERE ARE SOME WHO CAN LIVE WITHOUT WILD THINGS AND SOME WHO CANNOT."
"FOR US IN THE MINORITY THE OPPORTUNITY TO SEE GEESE IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN TELEVISION.".....Aldo Leopold




"LOOK DEEP INTO NATURE, AND THEN YOU WILL UNDERSTAND EVERYTHING BETTER".....Albert Einstein


Saturday, February 22, 2014

Things Are Changing Quickly

Rapidly warming temperatures hint that Spring is near.  Wildlife, and humans alike, welcome the change.  This small group of Canada Geese welcomes the open water that higher temperatures provide as they linger on the melting ice...





These three Trumpeter Swans were part of a larger flock, resting in a snow covered field for several days, before continuing their journey north...


Horned Larks are forming large groups and feeding beside country roads all around the county...




The melting snow will make it easier for the Whitetail Deer to get to new growth.  This one was trying to avoid the cold wind but it appears to be in good condition...



A week later I came across this young deer that did not fare as well during the snow and cold.  With luck it will recover...


Raptors are forming breeding pairs, and some are claiming nesting sites, in anticipation of egg laying that will take place soon...





The increase in raptors has prey species, like this Eastern Grey Squirrel, on increased alert for danger...


 
Eastern Bluebirds stay around all winter, but when they begin investigating nesting boxes most consider it a positive sign...
 
 
 

Groundhogs are cleaning out some of their dens and traveling across the snow looking for potential mates...


Even if some snow remains, and even if we get a little more, the calendar says that winter is just about over and there are better things to come.

2 comments:

  1. This is a nice group of photos Steve. I especially liked the Horned Lark. I hope to photograph one someday. Yours are top quality and I hope to do as well.

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  2. Thanks, Dan. Drive the country roads bordering crop fields to find the larks at this time of the year. They are skittish buggers, though.

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