Along the restored area of the shoreline where I’ve planted natives and pulled out invasives, the bull frogs are thriving. There are some monsters out there, easily bigger than my hand! There must’ve been a dozen or more sunning all along the shore, two-by-two, preparing to make more frogs.
The songbirds are jockeying for nesting spots. A pair of chickadees seems to have successfully fended off the house sparrows and claimed one box. That’ll be fun, they haven’t nested in our yard before. The tree swallows are eyeing one of the other nest boxes in the back yard and soon the house wrens will be back to claim their usual spot in the front yard. The robins are building a nest in the big willow at the ponds edge, not a smart choice as its on the raccoon’s regular route. Maybe they’ll see they need to build elsewhere before the eggs are laid.
As the spring migrants are making their brief appearances, the juncos have left for their summering grounds in the north. The white-breasted nuthatch, song sparrow and the white-capped sparrows are making their stop along their migration at our feeders. The red-bellied woodpecker has been a more frequent visitor this spring as well.
The wood-ducks are making their annual spring appearance. I always hope they’ll stay around for the season, yet they always move on. They’re rather skittish and probably don’t appreciate the activity of our yard. It’s always fun to see them in the spring, though.