The flowers seemed to bloom right on the calendar date (regardless of the type of winter we had) and when I got there this afternoon, most of the flowers appear pretty old already. Sadly, there were no pollinators visiting the flowers.
This was the best image of the blooming Crocus sp. that I photographed.
Ever since I learned how to identify Pine Siskins (Spinus pinus) a couple of weeks ago (because a labmate asked me about them), I have been hearing them all the time now (especially the sharp, upsweeping zreeeeeeet call).
I came across several siskins foraging for food from the tree bark.
One rare individual being still for more than a few seconds.
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)
Love the colours on this handsome Purple Finch (Haemorhous purpureus).
A Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens) made a brief appearance.
Saw my first Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) of the year under the FWG feeder.
An Eastern chipmunk (Tamias striatus) enjoying feeder food.
Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)
An European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris), a pretty bird no matter no common it is.
While walking around the FWG, I came across this Common Redpoll (Acanthis flammea) looking around nervously.
The bird's nervousness was not due to my presence, and so I kept photographing it.
With its crown raised, a warning behaviour perhaps?
It wasn't after photographing this redpoll that I realized there was a weasel moving around underneath where the redpoll was. It must be the reason of the redpoll's vigilance.
Saw another siskin singing away.
As I had my fill of bird-watching of the day, I saw several siskins and this American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis) on a willow tree. Quite cute to see a yellow ball of feathers among many fluffy-looking willow catkins.
So happy that Spring is finally here!