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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9 Responses to A Spring Celebration

  1. zirah1 says:

    Delightful! I feel like I’ve had a visit outside w/out even leaving the room. LOVE the picture of the doe….that would make a great framed print. And who can resist a titmouse, with such an interesting name, cute topnot and “out there” personality (or at least the ones around here are that way).

    • Sarah says:

      Hi Zirah 🙂
      Thanks for visiting and your kind thoughts! I am happy you enjoyed the outdoor adventure. 🙂 It was kinda cloudy, but I was simply happy to be out soaking in the fresh air. The birds and other animals were busy. The deer was trying to be subtle, but I heard her walking when I was watching the birds and then waited until she came to a break in the leaves. Pretty soon, the cover will be dense enough that her wanderings won’t be seen. I thought her face peering out of the leaves was adorable. 🙂 The same can be said for the tufted titmouses. They are such fun to watch! 🙂 I haven’t seen so many blue-winged teal in one place before. I have learned that when the ducks bob their head up and down, they mean business! It was the same for the bufflehead ducks.

  2. Shady_Grady says:

    The ducks are always fun to watch, aren’t they. Good thing there were no dogs around.

    • Sarah says:

      Hi Shady 🙂
      Thanks for visiting! The ducks are fun to watch. 🙂 There were at least two or three dozen that morning. It was hard to tell since they decided I was too close and flew over to the part of the pond out of view.

  3. Andy Oldham says:

    Wow! I’m proud of you catching that titmouse! I can never seem to keep one in my lens long enough to click the shutters. Way to go! They’re beautiful!

    • Sarah says:

      Hi 🙂
      Thanks for visiting and your kind thoughts! I am happy you enjoyed the tufted titmouse photos. 🙂 I find them endlessly amusing. I can imagine what they might be saying if it were a story and the birds could speak to me. 🙂 This one was on a branch by a bridge that goes over a small creek. She was making a buzzing like call which is why I noticed her. There was one or more up in the trees singing. Every once in a while, she flew down to under the bridge and then flew back up again. The next day I went by the same spot hoping to see her again, but she was elsewhere.

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