Today there seem to Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers everywhere … in the garden and in the arboretum.  While photographing one of them form about two feet away (it didn’t seem bothered – wish more birds were like that) a small songbird passed throuogh the garden hemlocks and tweeted at us – a Blue-headed Vireo.  Meanwhile, in the garden, the two varieties of Magnolia are flowering, Marsh Marigolds glow by the pond and the evil dandelions are beginning to appear so it will soon be war around here.

Later, at the arboretum, we stopped to see if the Cliff Swallows were present and found a Broad-winged Hawk on the railing of the weather radar tower … at least, I think it was a BWHA but I reserve the right to change that ID later in the weekend !!

Some nice flowers too – Trout Lily all over and the clumps of Trillium starting to show off.

Finally, we happened on a pair of Pileated Woodpeckers working the log piles around the sugar shack.  The female was so intent on the grub-rich rotten log that, like the sapsucker, she allowed us to get very close and even take a short video of her activity.

Enough talk – you want some pictures.

First, the video of the PIWO …

 

 

Then some stills:

Blue-headed Vireo

Blue-headed Vireo

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (arboretum)

Pileated Woodpecker with small snack

(Putative) Broad-winged Hawk ... to be confirmed

Red trillium

Grape Hyacinths

Magnolia flower bud

Jack-in-the-pulpit (arboretum0