My true first sign of the season is the return of the red-winged blackbirds with their wonderful "Bdleeeeeeeeeeet." Their calls, along with a few other bird sounds are the noises which define spring and summer for me.
They're lovely in flight. These two allowed me to approach the tree upon which they were perched. Then they decided to show off with a bit of aerial acrobatics for my camera. At least that's what I like to believe.
Gulls are beautiful to watch in flight.
And at rest.
And at hurried departure due to woman with camera approaching.
Duck fight! There are only so many female mallards at this pond.
This guy has successfully chased his rival right out of the camera frame.
Have a look at this flurry of activity in front of the tree. It would appear that these robins were squabbling about something.
Here there are, face to face - a
Ah there she is, waiting patiently while the males fight over her. It looks like we have a winner.
Of course the signs of spring aren't limited to just birds. I'll be back in a few days with some freshly emerging buds and some other goodies. Until then, enjoy the weather - no matter which season surrounds you and thanks always for joining me.