With the harsh weather that’s covered much of the mid-Atlantic this winter thoughts of spring might seem like an impractical idea. Spring break will be happening soon.
Here it is February. I noticed crocus leaves have spiked through the frozen ground and swollen buds are showing on the limbs of trees. Even the cardinals, one of the most colorful and abundant backyard birds has awakened. Although their feathers are not as colorful presently, come early spring they will display their full mating suit of feathers as seen in this picture I shot in early spring last year. This is the time the master artist displays His rainbow of colors.
I took this photo of a juvenile seagull, one of many of the larus species (ravenous sea birds). Seagulls are known as the acrobats of the sky, but no stunts from this young gull he is in search of food. Its’ eyes locked in for his catch of a small fish or crab. By catching the wind currents and positioning its body at just the right angle it appears to float motionless in midair.
Sea gulls have gotten a bad reputation. Many people consider the gull a nuisance, filthy and a carrier of germs. They have harsh wailing or squawking calls and are often seen in large noisy flocks congregating where food is available. I often see the gulls fighting to eat the litter of food that lay on the sandy beach. After the beach cleanup they gather near the overflowed trash containers where bags of uneaten food have fallen on the ground. I thank God for the seagulls these birds are God’s sanitation engineers that help keep the earth clean.
American Goldfinch (Eastern Goldfinch)
If the Garden of Eden still existed, the American Goldfinch would be the species you’d find in God’s paradise. When I took this picture, it was a cloudy, grey day. This adult male Goldfinch brightened my outlook on the day with its dazzling yellow body. It seemed to spread happiness and joy as it flittered from plant to plant. I noticed the Goldfinches favor the yellow and orange flowered plants for their pick of seeds. It was of interest to watch these birds eat. With their conical beak, it makes it easy for them to remove the seeds from the seed heads of a sunflower, purple coneflower or thistle plant.