The new growth in the woods adds bright shades of green, white, yellow, or purple to the woods like flags heralding Spring approaching. With activity among the birds and squirrels, there are nice surprises along the trail.
This past weekend we spotted the barred owl and the Cooper’s hawk (see previous post), as well as numerous robins hopping and shuffling in the leaves and occasionally posing for us with their red chests fluffed out. A few squirrels appeared to be doing their spring cleaning, clearing out cozy nooks in the trees. These woods have plenty of tree nooks which look like they would make useful housing. Although we didn’t see any woodpeckers this time, we heard them tapping the tree trunks for food in a couple places along the trail. Several red male cardinals chirr-uped aside the trail, sometimes heard before seen! And we’ve noticed them in the same location two weeks in a row.
Mostly the woods are still carpeted in leaves, but in the places where early spouting and early blooming plants have taken hold, there is new green and delicate colors. This week I brought my camera to document a few places where these plants have burst up through the leaves. The snowdrops have been up and flowering for several weeks now, and a few late blooms are holding on. The ivy and some grasses are more slowly creeping forth, with subtle shades of green.
Until next time!