The Diction of Spring

The diction of spring changes daily, sometimes from hour to hour as clouds build or sun shines. The words that tumble into the mind, sometimes habitual, sometimes surprising, arrive like waves of migrant birds. Snow melt. Mud puddles. Leaf buds. Flowers. Bees. Butterflies. Yard work. Gardens. Sunlight. Open windows. Screen doors. And the first, first, first of everything.

Walking the dog, the first mining bee of the year takes flight from a patch of Siberian Squill. From the look of the black and shiny abdomen, I'm tempted to guess it's Colletes, a Cellophane Bee. But I couldn't be sure from the one quick glimpse as the bee lifts off, makes a partial loop as it leaves. A sure sign of spring---blue squill flowers and mining bees.

Still no dragonflies. I looked for them at four ponds at the St Olaf Natural Lands. There were, however, a number of new arrivals among the birds: Song Sparrows, Tree Swallows, Bluebirds, and Eastern Phoebes. At the wooded pond, the calls of the Chorus Frogs and Wood Frogs reverberated at about ten times the decibels of the previous visit three days ago. Obviously the membership of this particular choir has increased dramatically. I had the good fortune to spot one of the singing Wood Frogs, even capturing a short video of it as it called. This was the first time I've actually watched one call and I was surprised that it didn't have a vocal sac beneath its chin, rather a pair of lateral vocal sacs that inflated on both sides toward the rear of its head.

Publicado por scottking scottking, 05 de abril de 2017, 03:54 AM

Observações

Fotos / Sons

What

Verónica-Dos-Campos (Veronica arvensis)

Observador

scottking

Data

Abril 4, 2017 03:18 PM CDT

Descrição

Corn Speedwell
St Olaf Natural Lands
Northfield, Minnesota

Fotos / Sons

What

Rã-Dos-Bosques (Lithobates sylvaticus)

Observador

scottking

Data

Abril 4, 2017 03:02 PM CDT

Descrição

Wood Frog
St Olaf Natural Lands
Northfield, Minnesota

Fotos / Sons

What

Tartaruga-Pintada (Chrysemys picta)

Observador

scottking

Data

Abril 4, 2017 02:59 PM CDT

Descrição

Painted Turtle
St Olaf Natural Lands
Northfield, Minnesota

Fotos / Sons

What

Piuí (Sayornis phoebe)

Observador

scottking

Data

Abril 4, 2017 02:57 PM CDT

Descrição

Eastern Phoebe
St Olaf Natural Lands
Northfield, Minnesota

Etiquetas

Fotos / Sons

What

Azulão-Oriental (Sialia sialis)

Observador

scottking

Data

Abril 4, 2017 02:50 PM CDT

Descrição

Eastern Bluebird
St Olaf Natural Lands
Northfield, Minnesota

Etiquetas

Fotos / Sons

What

Tico-Tico-Musical (Melospiza melodia)

Observador

scottking

Data

Abril 4, 2017 03:19 PM CDT

Descrição

Song Sparrow
St Olaf Natural Lands
Northfield, Minnesota

Fotos / Sons

What

Andorinha-Das-Aves (Tachycineta bicolor)

Observador

scottking

Data

Abril 4, 2017 02:36 PM CDT

Descrição

Tree Swallow
St Olaf Natural Lands
Northfield, Minnesota

Fotos / Sons

Observador

scottking

Data

Abril 4, 2017 02:46 PM CDT

Descrição

Prickly Ash, thorn and bud
St Olaf Natural Lands
Northfield, Minnesota

Fotos / Sons

What

Minhocas (Subclasse Oligochaeta)

Observador

scottking

Data

Abril 4, 2017 02:38 PM CDT

Descrição

Earthworm castings
St Olaf Natural Lands
Northfield, Minnesota

Fotos / Sons

Observador

scottking

Data

Abril 4, 2017 01:27 PM CDT

Descrição

Siberian Squill
backyard
Northfield, Minnesota

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