Spring is Almost Here!

Spring Peepers start singing with the first warm rains of the season.

Spring Peepers start singing with the first warm rains of the season.

I heard my first peepers of the season early this morning here in Missouri. Spring is on its way!!! 🙂

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Happy Earth Day!

My backyard in the morning sunlight.

My backyard in the morning sunlight.

It was a gorgeous day today, and in honor of Earth Day, I spent quite a bit of time out in the yard. No working, just enjoying! Spring is in full swing now and a lot is happening.

Baby bluebirds about 4 days old.

Baby bluebirds about 4 days old.

The baby bluebirds are getting bigger and have started getting more feathers. I wish I could watch them more, but the parents weren’t too happy with me!

red bud blossoms

red bud blossoms

The red bud trees are in full bloom. They’re gorgeous when the sunlight hits those magenta flowers! The dogwoods will be blooming soon. I’ll make sure to share some photos with you.

spring peeper tadpoles

spring peeper tadpoles

And it looks like the spring peepers have laid eggs in my pond because now there are tiny tadpoles everywhere! They are a little hard to see in the photo. The sun was shining and I had a hard time seeing what the camera was focused on.

I hope you are able to get out today and just enjoy what nature has to offer!

Happy Easter! We Have Babies!!!

Four baby bluebirds about a day or two old.

Four baby bluebirds about a day or two old.

Things started getting busy around the nest box and both bluebirds (not just the female) were entering the box, so I decided to check. Sure enough, there are four little babies, still with their eyes shut! They are probably only a day or two old. The parents will be extra busy now gathering caterpillars and other soft insects to feed to their new little youngsters.

They’re Here!!!

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male ruby-throated hummingbird sitting on the shepherd’s hook

The hummingbirds have arrived here in Missouri, so hang up those sugar feeders! I saw a male ruby-throated hummingbird (the only kind we get here) yesterday at my sugar feeder. I’m not sure if it was my hummingbird or if he was just passing through on his way north. Hummingbirds have an incredible memory and will often return to the same yard year after year. The males arrive first to scout out and defend territories and the females arrive about a week or so later.

Yep! Spring is Here!

bluebird eggsThe female bluebird laid four pale blue eggs this weekend! I was wondering, because she has been hanging out in the nest box for longer periods of time, and the male keeps bringing her raisins and peanuts from my feeders. I will let you know when I see the babies!


~ This entry was written in response to the 50 Words Challenge.