Yes, it’s happening. Slowly but surely, spring is coming to Minnesota — and not just because the calendar says so.
The ponds and lakes still have quite a bit of snow on them but I expect that by next week everything (unless it snows again) should be thawed.
As I was standing in front of this pond, I heard pecking. A red headed woodpecker was close by. Soon, I spotted him in a group of nearby trees. I walked quietly until I was almost beneath him then snapped this picture.
Do you see him? Neither do I. (laughing) Just as I snapped the picture he hopped around the tree. I must’ve taken ten pictures and each time he would hop around the other side of the tree. Bummer.
There is still other wild life to be seen though. This morning I looked out the window and spotted this turkey and did he ever have a surprise for me. He is fatter than most of the ones that walk around here. Actually, I don’t believe I’ve ever seen one as fat as this one.
As he kept walking, all of a sudden, his wings spread ever so wide. I mean WIDE! I’ve never seen anything like it before. What does it mean? Could he, uh, she be pregnant?
Normally the wild turkeys are in groups but I only saw one other one in the vicinity. Could it be a mating call action? If you know, please do tell.
Looking to my right, I saw two deer walking up the street. They’ve been around all winter and recently we saw a herd of 12 deer.
This afternoon, as I was sitting quietly on the sofa, out of the corner of my eye, a huge white gray bird flew by. I got up right away to see what it was but I was a tad too slow for this quick bird.
From the colors of the wings, it looked like a bird I saw in July 2011 — a bird whose identity still is a mystery. It could be a hawk or a falcon. Click here to see that picture.
Our bird feeder still has not received any real visitors unfortunately. But I know the birds are coming as I can hear the soft chirps in the air.
Welcome to Minnesota spring!