Checking to see if winter is gone yet

I did some bird-watching this and last weekend.

Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) at Fletcher Wildlife Garden last Sunday.


Bird-watching in FWG

I took the long way to school today via Fletcher Wildlife Garden hoping to see some signs of Spring.

Downy Woodpeckers (Picoides pubescens)
One of the first things I saw was this pair of Downy Woodpeckers (Picoides pubescens) fighting along the tree trunk.


Going outside and waiting for Spring

With rising temperature and melting snowpack, it is difficult not to think about Spring.  Nowadays, I try to go outside whenever the weather is nice and I need a break from computer work so that I can discover that first hint of Spring (from a flower, insect, bird call, anything!).

Almost a week ago, it was still pretty cold when I was walking along the Rideau River.

Male Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)
Male Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)

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