Winter recedes, spring advances – slowly… almost all of nature is still brown except for small greening buds and the hardy early spring wildflowers sitting pretty in their beds of last year’s leaves. Still, the birds and insects were out and about today, busy searching for food, nesting material, or… each other. Below are a few pics from the walk.
Location: Nichols Arboretum at the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor
Bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis L.) – named for its rhizome that contain bright red sap
A Ruby-crowned Kinglet, one of North America’s smallest birds, harvesting fluff from last year’s cattails – likely for a nest.
A migratory Palm Warbler foraging for insects in the charred prairie, which was recently burned.
A busy day for black-capped chickadees…
Ruby-crowned Kinglet — showing off his ruby crown.
I take infinite pains to know all the phenomena of the spring.” – Personal Journal of Henry David Thoreau, 1856