April 19 and storm from the US brought us several hours of heavy, wet snow. A bit late, even for this location. Noticed that the "Brave Little Soldiers" are wearing Ukraine's colours.
The first violet of the year ... an alien species, but always welcome.
Common Redpolls have arrived in the area the past couple of days in freely moving flocks intermingled with some Pine Siskins. Finally, some "proper" winter birds at last.
... then this is a nice suburb to do it in. Down the end of the road - ten minutes walk.
Common Eastern Bumble Bee working on the flower of a Japanese Anemone ... despite the slightly cooler weather this week the bees have not slowed down at all. Post processed through Pixelmator Pro and Topaz Sharpen AI
We observed a delightful butterfly in the garden this morning which turns out to be a foreign immigrant (like us) … Thymelicus lineola, known here as the European Skipper and in the UK as the Essex Skipper. Needless to say this is an introduced species, though there are plenty of native Skippers [...]
At last - it can be shared (** Warning - what follows was only observed and recorded because it was possible to do so without the birds being aware that they were being watched. We are only sharing it now that the birds have fledged and departed and there is no risk to [...]
The world is becoming scared of its own shadow and populated by wilting violets ... Earlier today while our on the snowshoes we happened upon a rabbit's foot, some scattered fur and a little blood. Probably a coyote's dinner. I took a photo and posted it to our local nature group Facebook [...]