Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Winter Regulars

Today there's a touch of spring in the air. The ice on The Lake is melting, the paths are clear of snow, crocuses are breaking the ground in the various gardens, and the temperature is in the upper 50's. Soon the first Red-winged Blackbirds will begin arriving, [this month] and then the earliest spring migrants [next month--the Phoebe!] Now is exactly the time to appreciate the birds that have been cheering us up during the coldest days--the Winter Regulars, as I think of them. Recently some of them posed for their portraits by one of the park's best photographers, David Speiser.

White-throated Sparrow
Tufted Titmouse

Northern Cardinal

Fox Sparrow

Dark-eyed Junco

Blue Jay

American Goldfinch

Red-tailed Hawk

Cooper's Hawk

and two not-so-regulars:

American Tree Sparrow

Pine Siskin

All photos taken in January, 2009 by DAVID SPEISER