March Wildlife

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The month of March had some wild winter weather. There were a number of warm days and a variety of wildlife enjoyed the not so frigid winter weather such as the Ground Hog drinking from the birdbath.

 

And a Hawk that circled around the Backyard Wilderness property and then landed on a tree limb for a few seconds.

Even the pond and swamp thawed out. I was fortunate enough to look out the window one day and spot a Great Blue Heron walking through the unfrozen water.

While I was watching the Great Blue, to my surprise, I noticed another Great Blue Heron in the swamp as well. What a wonderful sight! I just happened to look out the window at the perfect moment.

About a week later March got hit with a severe snowstorm. The biggest one all winter. Again as I happened to look out the side window a Great Blue Heron, at that very moment, landed on the frozen swamp. I grabbed my camera and as I was photographing through the open window (it got very cold in the house) I watched the Great Blue Heron try to walk on the ice and its wings started to flutter as it began to slip. I had not seen a Great Blue Heron on ice before.

At some point later that day I looked out the front window and was rather surprised. I grabbed my camera and went out on the front porch and made the following photo of a chipmunk on the snow. I do not ever recall seeing a chipmunk out when there was snow.

While on the porch I also made some photos of the different types of birds that were out in the snow.

 

As you can see below the snow was so deep it covered a good portion of the water pump and the seven inch tall bucket which is next to the water pump.

 

Just five days later spring arrived- hooray! Compare the photo below of a squirrel next to the water pump after the snow melted to the photos above to get an idea of how much snow we had during the storm.

Guess the squirrel was looking for a drink…

… but unfortunately will not find any water there.

I am thrilled that spring has finally arrived because it is my favorite season to photograph wildlife.

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