Friday, May 8, 2009

Friday in the Park

After quick trip the vet, Andie and I took a quick walk around Noble Woods Park. Though the weather has not shown it, the plants and animals reminded us that summer is fast approaching.

Black-headed grosbeaks were singing from the tops of Oregon ashes like the one above, spotted towhees were all over the place, carrying food for hungry nestlings, and I saw my first western tanager pair of the year.

Alders are almost fully leafed out,

and big leaf maples now have flowers, seed pods and leaves growing from their branch tips.

The vine maples have leafed as well and are just starting to flower.

Rock creek was high and muddy from the recent rain. I look forward to a sunny weekend before the rain returns to keep us green a little while longer.

1 comment:

NW Nature Nut said...

It's amazing how one day it is winter and suddenly it is spring!? Wednesday was migrant day in my yard: Western Tanagers, Black-headed Grosbeaks, and Warbling Vireos..oh and YR Warblers!