Could spring be near?
Rumor has it that spring temperatures will be around for this next week and there have been many signs that just maybe spring is finally starting to get close. Yesterday I heard one of those familiar signs during my walk around Red House Lake!!
CHECK!! First of the year!! Red-winged Blackbirds are finally back and it shouldn’t be too long before other birds start returning. CHECK!! The Chipmunk was the next species found for the first time this year!! It was soo cute, I first saw him peaking out from its hole and enjoying the sun. Just as I pulled out my camera he turned around and disappeared after seeing me. I then continued to walk around the lake and heard something flying overhead.
Tundra Swans were only specks with my binoculars but I was lucky familiar with their call. The Swans were first heard moving across the sky during my lunch break on the 1st of March but this would be my second sighting of the year. It should be a matter of time till they move through in larger numbers across the Allegany State Park skies.
I tried but was unsuccessful in locating any of our local American Woodcock. I don’t blame them for not returning yet since there is a few feet of snow on the ground. I will try again here soon to see if they have returned yet. Tomorrow will be a perfect for an all day birding adventure. I only hope I can get up after changing the clocks ahead an hour.