Winter Slowly Gives in to Spring

Purple Finch

The snowiest March in memory, surgery recovery and the general demands of life have limited our birding since February.

Yet there are signs of hope . . . the first Ospreys arrived in the area this week; a bunch of beautiful male Purple Finches suddenly appeared at our feeders this morning (first of year); and the first reports of warblers are appearing on bird boards.

We might make it out of this winter alive!!!!

This morning my visiting sister and I travelled up to Belgrade, Maine to try and see the Sandhill Cranes that recently arrived (Ingrid had a class).  While we didn’t see our goal bird, a stunning Northern Harrier floated above the marsh for 5 minutes and I managed to get a few photos.

At various times this week, I stumbled across a Bald Eagle, a Brown Creeper, a House Finch and a Green-winged Teal.

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