Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Hermit! Thrush and Other Spring Signs (CORRECTED)

Yesterday was a great day with sunny skies and temperatures in the 60s.  I saw my first butterfly, the Eastern Comma; and later in the afternoon, I spotted several lovely blue Spring Azure butterflies.  The toothwort was budding--should bloom any day this week.   Spring is here!

 I downloaded the pictures from my wildllife camera and was very surprised to see a Wood Thrush which was captured on St. Pat's day.  The temperature was 25 degrees.  He must have been thinking he came back to early from the tropics where he winters.   I can't wait to hear the sound of wood thrushes in the woods.  CORRECTION:  It's a Hermit Thursh--see comment below.   Some birder I am!

I also saw this Northern Flicker in the garden.  I captured this shot thru the screen window which acconts for the poor quality of the image.

He was looking for insects in this old cherry stump I had used for a flower pot stand in the garden.

The woodpeckers have been here all winter.  It is easy to distinguish between the Downy Woodpecker on the left and the much larger Hairy Woodpecker on the right side of the seed cake.

The temperature is 60 again and mostly sunny--time to get outside and work in the garden!


  1. 60 degrees! Sounds like summer! We did creep up above zero (32F). Thanks for your comments on my blog.

  2. Same beautiful weather here. I loved all the photographs.

  3. i love the pics you've shared. i saw my first northern flicker this past spring/ summer and was thrilled it came close to my bird feeder. sadly though, it never returned. hoping against odds he/ she will return this year. hope all is well. have a great night~

  4. That's a Hermit Thrush....the one thrush that overwinters in the US, particularly the southeastern US, but can overwinter as far north as southeastern Pennsylvania.
    Spring is here!

  5. catharus--thanks for the correction. I will correct my post shortly. I thought we must have hermit thrushes but perhaps I have always identified them as wood thrushes!

  6. Wonderful! I hear a bird chirping now! We have warmer temps in the Appalachians this weekend. I need spring!!!
    Have need of birds and blooms!!!
    lg :-)