Friday, January 28, 2011

Shifting Towards Spring?

This looks like it is becoming a "Heron" blog, but I couldn't resist posting this picture.  We came home and accidentally scared this heron out of the stream and onto the top of our 15ft+ tall cottonwood snag.  Nice stream viewpoint for a heron.

It seems like something happened this week.  Suddenly a bunch of creatures are returning, making me feel like it's going to be spring already.

Red-tailed Hawk in upper left, nest in lower right

The Red-Tailed hawk has returned to its nest in the cottonwood tree in the wetland behind our yard.  I just missed getting a picture of it in its nest - 

Besides the return of the herons to the Kenmore rookery and this hawk to this nest, we've heard
  • Red-winged Blackbirds suddenly in full force in the wetland
  • A frog/toad? was loudly calling out from our veggie garden
  • What I think is a Western Screech Owl in our backyard. It's "hooting" woke me up two different nights in the past week.  Here's a link to the .mp3 on The Owl Pages of what I think I heard -  It definitely wasn't a Great Horned Owl, though we do hear them sometimes...

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