Posted by: atowhee | March 20, 2013

IDES OF MARCH: A GALLERY

“[the crow’s caw] mingles with the slight murmur of the village, the sound of children at play, as one stream empties gently into another, and the wild and the tame are one. Wgat a delicious sound! It is not merely crow calling to crow, for it speaks to me tto. I am part of one greast creature with him; if he hasd voice, I have ears.” –Thoreau

crows (1280x514) This congress of crows was gathered at a small pool in a cow pasture on East Main here in Ashland. Often these conflabs are unmated young crows, hanging out as youngsters of many species are wont to do. No nests, no eggs, no chicks…yet. Carefree days around the old waterhole, comparing notes on parking lot fare or the latest in roadkill.

BUFF BOY
These male Bufflehead were seen on Ashland Pond, and then they weren’t.
BUFF MALE1

BUFFS.SIDE

BUFF.TOOBUFF MISSING

WILLOW WORLDWILLOW-CTKNS These willow catkins are full of protein and vitamins and thus a favorite of the finch family each spring. Goldfinches, siskins, House and Purple Finch. Yummy stuff those fuzzy little hairs with the pollen on them.

PISI IN SUN Pine Siskin not in a pine, but near the willow.

SCJA LOOK In fresh spring plumage the Scrub-Jya may be common but still not a commoner in demeanor.

WBLUE ON WIRE Bluebird on the wire.

FIND THE DIFFERENCE
SCAUP.RNDU

The Lesser Sacup male is the one with the pale back. The others are near relatives, Ring-necked Ducks. Ashland Pond.

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