I had a couple of patient cancellations at my community job one day this week, a financial loss of perhaps $100.00.
So I went for an early morning walk instead, serenaded by birdsong. I saw at least a dozen Baltimore Orioles, a few busy Yellow Warblers, including this one taking milkweed silk for a nest, and one beautiful Northern Flicker on a dead branch overlooking the river. And yes, I noticed the toad before I stepped on it.
Spring migration is moving north.....monetary value, priceless.
When I got home, there was a Rose-breasted Grosbeak on my feeder. I have never seen one before, let alone in my yard. This is a very poor picture taken in evening light through the screen on my window, but he scares away very easily if I approach the doorway. He loves the nyjer seed and has stayed for two days now. I believe the other bird in the picture is a female house sparrow. I am not sure that I have seen the female grosbeak.
We went to the Niagara region today to see the spring blossoms and flowers. I am not the only one having trouble with my tulips. This was taken at the Butterfly Conservatory. The beautiful gardens here are maintained by the Niagara Parks' School of Horticulture.