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Spring Photos - April 12- 24, 2017

One day, no Purple Finches; the next 6 or 7. Mostly males and not very tolerant of one another. Purple Finches feature a more raspberry-colored plumage than their orange-hued cousins, House Finches.

It's unusual to see a Chipping Sparrow eating suet. This happens in early spring, when the seeds it prefers are not yet available in abundance.

Roadside ditches along sun-splashed forest roads are where I go to seek out Colt's Foot. Bright yellow flowers precede leaves shaped like horse shoes - thus the name.

I call this small tree Shadbush, but others prefer Juneberry. Look for it along hedgerows and forest edges. It produces edible berries in June, the same time Shad are running up local rivers from the Delaware and Chesapeake Bays.

Male Goldfinches have regained their bright yellow plumage and will readily feed at clinging stations such as this. In early fall, they molt the bright feathers and appeared dull-colored, like females, all winter.

Trailing Arbutus prefers acid soil, so I seek it out under pine trees. The needles pines drop provide all the acid this flower with the leathery leaves needs to survive and flourish.

Photos by Rick Marsi
All rights reserved. April, 2017.