In like a lamb

What a fabulous start to March! By the time I got to Estabrook, temps were in the 40s, the sun was out, and the breeze was light. The only downside was that the path along the river was mostly a sea of mud, so I had to stay off most of it.

Luckily for us, however, I remembered to bring my camera to campus this morning, and look who was already napping in the morning sun in Cambridge Woods. Yup, the red-morph screech owl was back again. Besides the better light this morning, it was snoozing a bit higher up in the cavity so we can get a better view.

The owl wasn’t the only redhead enjoying the nice weather, either. This cardinal was belting out a tune to stake his claim to a prime spot along the river.

Finally, if the nice weather wasn’t enough to remind you of spring, check out who I found foraging on the lawn.

It is certainly not the first robin of spring, as we now know well, but it is the first one I’ve seen working the grass as we’ll see them do throughout the spring and summer. It won’t be long until we’ll be seeing robins’ eggs again.

The forecast is for a dip below freezing tonight, but then snow showers after dawn, so tune in tomorrow to see what kind of footing I find along the river.

Published by Andrew Dressel

Theoretical and Applied Bicycle Mechanic, and now, apparently, Amateur Naturalist. In any case, my day job is teaching mechanics at UWM.

2 thoughts on “In like a lamb

  1. Mark Baden, Meteorologist from WISN TV, offers the following for this interesting time of “Wintsping” (I just made that up.)

    Fool’s Spring
    Second Winter
    Spring of Deception
    Third Winter
    Mud Season
    Actual Spring

    I bet there are more, but we’re currently in Fool’s Spring

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