Thursday, March 05, 2015

March: Wind & Snow

March, is a month of transition, some days are like winter while others are more spring like.  With snow falling today and tonight's temps to be in the single digits, one would never guess that spring is only two weeks away. 

Winter will soon be past but for some animals spring will not arrive soon enough.  Last year's growing season provided mast, grasses, and browse that wildlife depends upon to get through the winter however by now many of those foods are or will soon be exhausted.  It has been my experience that small fawns, weakened by winter, frequently will die about the time the grass begins to green in spring.

 Birds that flock to feeder are more aggressive now than they were a few weeks ago.

Earlier in the year the bird feeders were a nicety, a place for an easy meal.  Now with natural foods becoming more difficult to find fights between birds frequently erupt. 

Soon spring will usher in a new season of abundance, but until then many species of wildlife are facing their hungriest time of the year.


Ruth Hiebert said...

The action of the birds makes great photo opportunities.

Montanagirl said...

Super photos, Coy. Love the snow on the deer's nose!

Elaine said...

I really like the first photo! I wish I could say spring was only a few weeks away, but not so here. The activity at my feeders has been Redpolls, Chickadees and Gray Jays--oh, and a silly squirrel that's been coming all winter long. We've had a mild winter, so the critters seem to be doing well.

Anonymous said...

Wonderful shots. Winter has been harsh on much of the wildlife.