Well, the Bluebirds are definitely back. I have probably seen about 40+ individuals since they arrived, on various drives around the countryside.
The air is filled with the songs of these blue beauties if you stop to listen where you find them. Meadowlarks are also singing their familair spring song, as are Horned Larks, trilling away from fence post or snowfilled ditch.
On Sunday, my wife and I took a drive out to Cranberry Flats and some backroads around Pike Lake.
This morning, I took the same route with a friend and then ended up near Hanley where we were rewarded with a pair of Ferruginous Hawks ( of who I will save for their very own post later in the week )
Many new duck species are now also making there way back where-ever there is open water.
New year species seen over the last 2 days are : Northern Shoveler, Redhead, American Wigeon & Northern Pintail.
Here are some new photos :
Mountain Bluebird ( male )
Northern Harrier ( male )