A Spring Celebration

The clouds were thinking about rain at sunrise on Saturday, April 15th. Neither the ducks nor I cared. I was happy to be out in the fresh air. The blue-winged teal ducks were flying, swimming, and cavorting in the pond.

In the woods, a tufted titmouse called from a tree branch near the creek. She flew down to drink water a few times before flying away. I heard rustling in the bushes on the other side of the creek. A young white-tailed deer watched me through the leaves.

A pair of northern cardinals courted. The thunderstorms held off until nighttime.

Pelicans in Saylorville Lake at Jester Park, Iowa, April 15, 2017.

Blue-winged teal ducks in a pond in Jester Park, Iowa, April 15, 2017.

Blue-winged teal ducks in a pond in Jester Park, Iowa, April 15, 2017.

Blue-winged teal ducks flying into a pond in Jester Park, Iowa, April 15, 2017.

Blue-winged teal ducks on the bank of a pond in Jester Park, Iowa, April 15, 2017.

Blue-winged teal ducks on the bank of a pond in Jester Park, Iowa, April 15, 2017.

Blue-winged teal ducks in a pond in Jester Park, Iowa, April 15, 2017.

Blue-winged teal ducks in a pond in Jester Park, Iowa, April 15, 2017.

Blue-winged teal ducks on the bank of a pond in Jester Park, Iowa, April 15, 2017.

Blue-winged teal ducks flying near a pond in Jester Park, Iowa, April 15, 2017.

Blue-winged teal ducks in a pond in Jester Park, Iowa, April 15, 2017.

Trout lily flowers in the woods in Jester Park, Iowa, April 15, 2017.

A tufted titmouse in the woods in Jester Park, Iowa, April 15, 2017.

A tufted titmouse in the woods in Jester Park, Iowa, April 15, 2017.

A tufted titmouse in the woods in Jester Park, Iowa, April 15, 2017.

A tufted titmouse calling in the woods in Jester Park, Iowa, April 15, 2017.

A tufted titmouse in the woods in Jester Park, Iowa, April 15, 2017.

A tufted titmouse singing in the woods in Jester Park, Iowa, April 15, 2017.

Dutchman’s-breeches flowers in the woods in Jester Park, Iowa, April 15, 2017.

A yellow violet flower in the woods in Jester Park, Iowa, April 15, 2017.

A white-tailed deer in the woods in Jester Park, Iowa, April 15, 2017.

A male northern cardinal in the woods in Jester Park, Iowa, April 15, 2017.

A male northern cardinal singing in the woods in Jester Park, Iowa, April 15, 2017.

A female northern cardinal in the woods in Jester Park, Iowa, April 15, 2017.

A male northern cardinal in the woods in Jester Park, Iowa, April 15, 2017.

A male northern cardinal singing and resting in the woods in Jester Park, Iowa, April 15, 2017.

A northern cardinal singing in the woods in Jester Park, Iowa, April 15, 2017.

Take care and thanks for reading.

Sarah

 

 

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