Nature Notes: Winter to Spring

black cap chickadee sparrow beak yellow
Two weeks ago it snowed. A few birds came to visit our bird feeder. Above are two of our visitors. I think the one on the left is a black capped chickadee. The one on the right and center (same bird) seems to be a sparrow; when I looked closely at his head, I noticed the yellow. It’s a white-throated sparrow.

crocus bud hyacinth bud buds on tree

And here are a few images from today, to prove that spring really is coming. You can click any of these six thumbnails to view a larger version.

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12 thoughts on “Nature Notes: Winter to Spring

  • Hi Leora..thank you for your well wishes!
    White-throated sparrow…. Yup.. and that is a black-capped chickadee. You are becoming a back yard birder…

    Here is some info on the sparrow..the give-away is really the yellow on the face….Michelle

    Crisp facial markings make the White-throated Sparrow an attractive bird as well as a hopping, flying anatomy lesson. There’s the black eyestripe, the white crown and supercilium, the yellow lores, the white throat bordered by a black whisker, or malar stripe. They’re also a great entrée into the world of birdsong, with their pretty, wavering whistle of Oh-sweet-canada. These forest sparrows breed mostly across Canada, but they’re familiar winter birds across most of eastern and southern North America and California.

  • Some how the first signs of spring are the most exciting:)
    Enjoy them! I can’t really complain seeing as here in Israel we hardly had a winter…well I can complain that we got almost no rain that we REALLY need but that is a whole different story.

  • Spring is definitely round the corner here too. This was even more obvious in Southern France where there were irises, blooming cherry trees and mimosas.

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