Another Sunny Day at Theler

We got another sunny day on Monday, so I headed back to Belfair. There are lots of non-native plants blooming in my neighborhood, but you’re never sure Spring is really near until native plants like Skunk Cabbage

  Skunk Cabbage

begin to appear in the wetlands. Of course, there were only two, so it might merely be a sign of individual fool-hardiness.

Still, the Song Sparrows seemed convinced Spring is near because they were serenading loudly,

Song Sparrow

trying desperately to drown out rivals and Marsh Wrens

 Marsh Wrens

which seemed equally intent on staking their claim to some small part of these wetlands and finding a mate.

Luckily, they don’t have to compete directly with the larger and louder Canada Geese who have begun to pair off

Canada Geese

and claim the best nesting sites.

There may be some Winter left, but I’m not the only one anticipating Spring.

6 thoughts on “Another Sunny Day at Theler”

  1. My friend, who is not a blogger, is absolutely bowled over by your photographs Loren and i am sure she will be today again – and she is no mean photographer herself. Last week she captured a wonderful shot of a long eared owl sitting on a post by the roadside. Sadly the next day the warden on the nature reserve she was crossing found it dead on the road – it had been hit by a passing vehicle while searching the verge for prey.

    1. I envy anyone who gets shots of owls. I’m not very good at spotting birds that aren’t moving unless I’ve been told they are nearby.

    1. And you don’t get anywhere near the strange weather they’ve been getting in New England, right?

  2. I’m intrigued by how lovely and visually alluring the skunk cabbage is, and then for it to smell as it does, well, it doesn’t seem quite right! I suppose that means its purpose in life isn’t merely about satisfying human aesthetic sensibilities, darn…These are stunning bird fotos indeed, Loren. I feel fortunate to live on a flyway where flocks of Canada geese commute all day long from a good-size lake in a park a few blocks from our home down to an estero and back. They get in that V-formation, sometimes honking for all they’re worth, other times almost whisper-quiet, like something out of a silent film. It’s a great time to stop whatever you’re doing and simply gawk.Thanks for these; keep that camera by your side!

    1. I’m assuming the smell must be equally appealing to something, perhaps flies? Makes one wonder where our sense of “beauty” comes from, doesn’t it?

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