On a recent frosty morning I was able to photograph a male Red-winged Blackbird as he perched on a grassy hummock singing lustily. The males always are the first to arrive late each winter with the females arriving later.
Noticing a large mound of bare dirt that appeared in one of our meadows as the snow was beginning to melt I assumed that a woodchuck had reopened an existing burrow. Although I often looked in the direction of the burrow I had not spotted any animals using it.
This all changed Sunday morning when I noticed a red fox disappear only to remerge a short time later followed by a fox pup. While I had no luck photographing them at that time I returned in the afternoon to find the young foxes cavorting about the den when a adult lay nearby.
After shooting a few images at long range (over 200 yards) I tried to close the distance. The adult quickly noticed my approach and began moving off followed by one of the pups. After the adult stopped for a few seconds the pup turned back to the den and the entire group of pups disappeared underground. Although I waited for over an hour they did not return leaving me with only the long distance photos.
At one of the cattle watering holes a killdeer stood stock-still hoping to go unnoticed.
And a snapping turtle lays basking in the bright afternoon sunshine.
Vernal wetlands are teaming with life now and the singing of various frogs and toads fill the air with the beautiful song of spring. The photo above is of a wood frog eggs mass while a wood frog itself is shown below.