This Wednesday Walk Brings Birds Blooms and Butterflies

in Amazing Nature2 months ago (edited)

Nature continues to keep me in wonder as after the rains there is such a burst of life, visible when you pause and take it in.

The first thing to catch my eye was the morning dew along with some raindrops decorating the honeysuckle.

Honey Suckle Decorated With Raindrops and Dew

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In the pine meadow behind our house the false Solomon seal was carpeting the forest floor with it's blooms.

False Solomon Seal Carpets the Forest Floor

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Close Up False Solomon Seal Bloom Filled With Raindrops

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As I walked down our lane the butterflies flitted before me landing on the second flush of dandelion blooms.

Close Up Skipper Butterfly on Dandelion Bloom

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When the skipper opened it's wings it was interesting to see how furry it's body was and such a lovely green color.

Skipper Butterfly Showing Coloring on It's Wings and Body

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There was lots of swallowtail butterflies drinking nectar from the dandelions too.

Close Up Swallowtail Butterfly Showing Side View of Wing and Body

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Close Up Swallowtail Butterfly Showing Under Side of Wings

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Further up the road the pussy toes were in bloom. I love the silver mat their leaves create but I love it even more when the cute little blooms appear.

Close Up Bloom of the Pussy Toes

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I spotted the first of the wild roses in bloom - and did I stop to smell the roses? You bet and they smelt oh so sweet!

Close Up First Bloom of the Wild Rose

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There was a pair of ravens making quite a ruckus. They were carrying on from a dirt mound which I image had numerous bugs and worms on it

Pair of Ravens on Dirt Mound 1 Cawing and 1 Looking for Food

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Ravens are quite powerful birds - look at the beak on this fellow...

Close Up Raven Showing Powerful Beak

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Then off they go to carry on their playfulness up in the tree top

Close Up Raven in Flight With Something In It's Beak

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Listen in to their antics...

Over on the power pole I had a surprise visit from a flicker. They are another bird with a powerful beak.

Close Up a Flicker Showing the Markings On It's Chest

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There was a fair bit of wind but this guy must have been shaking his feathers out for they were all puffed up

Cute Flicker With Feathers All Puffed Up

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Another spot the flicker appeared was on top of a spruce tree.

Close Up of Flicker on Spruce Tree Top

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He didn't stay long then he took off into the tall grass probably to catch a meal of bugs.

Flicker Ready to Take Off From Treetop

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Higher up in the sky the turkey vulture was circling around in search of his meal. It's fascinating to watch them in flight as they soar in circles most of the time gliding and riding the air currents.

Close Up Turkey Vulture in Flight

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Back on the ground the blackbirds were finding some seeds off the straw that had dropped in the grass. There was red wing blackbirds and yellow headed blackbirds.

Red Wing Blackbird Walking in Grass Looking for Food Along With Female Yellow Headed Blackbird

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There was even a thrush joining in the food fest.

Male Yellow Headed Blackbird With Seed Thrush Still Looking

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There was a breeding pair of yellow headed blackbirds with the male puffing himself up chasing the female.

Male Yellow Headed Blackbird Puffing Himself Up to Approach Female

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Up in the poplar tree the red wing blackbird was singing his song which is quite lovely. There was too much wind or I would have recorded it for you.

Red Wing Blackbird Singing From the Poplar Tree

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Where a pond had formed in the farmers field there were a few families of geese there with goslings at different stages of growth in each family.

Pair of Canada Geese Male On Watch Female On Nest Under the Tree

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Mother Goose and Larger Goslings Grooming Themselves

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2 Families of Canada Geese 1 Swimming 1 On Shore Looking On

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When the first family of geese picked up on me watching them they too took to the water and swam off to a more sheltered area of the pond.

Pair of Canada Geese Swimming With 8 Goslings

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That's it for this walk. I hope you enjoyed it. It amazes me what a difference a good rain makes with the diversity of life coming forth to enjoy the sunshine afterwards.

This is my #WednesdayWalk hosted by @tattoodjay go check out his latest post here. He collaborates with @elizacheng and her #MakeMeSmile initiative see her latest post here

Bird images are for the #FeatheredFriends community hosted by @melinda010100


This is my Amazing Nature Contest June 2021 - #02 entry. See details here

The photos were taken with my Canon PowerShot SX60 HS.

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After the rain natures colors really do come out don’t they
Love all the shots you got on this walk

Thanks for joining Wednesday Walk

The multiflora roses started blooming here last week. The scent is heavenly!

You have really captured some special photos @porters! I love those snowdrops. So delicate. With a promise of new life. We don't get them here in SA but I always remember them from when I lived overseas.

All those beautiful flowers, butterflies and birds arriving after the cold winter, what a joy it must be sharing time along the lanes and walks you take.

Your photography is awesome and beautiful butterflies!

Thanks for sharing the WALK and SMILE. So happy to be able to take a virtual walk with you. The flowers are so beautiful and there's so many different types of birds too.