The Diction of Spring

The diction of spring changes daily, sometimes from hour to hour as clouds build or sun shines. The words that tumble into the mind, sometimes habitual, sometimes surprising, arrive like waves of migrant birds. Snow melt. Mud puddles. Leaf buds. Flowers. Bees. Butterflies. Yard work. Gardens. Sunlight. Open windows. Screen doors. And the first, first, first of everything.

Walking the dog, the first mining bee of the year takes flight from a patch of Siberian Squill. From the look of the black and shiny abdomen, I'm tempted to guess it's Colletes, a Cellophane Bee. But I couldn't be sure from the one quick glimpse as the bee lifts off, makes a partial loop as it leaves. A sure sign of spring---blue squill flowers and mining bees.

Still no dragonflies. I looked for them at four ponds at the St Olaf Natural Lands. There were, however, a number of new arrivals among the birds: Song Sparrows, Tree Swallows, Bluebirds, and Eastern Phoebes. At the wooded pond, the calls of the Chorus Frogs and Wood Frogs reverberated at about ten times the decibels of the previous visit three days ago. Obviously the membership of this particular choir has increased dramatically. I had the good fortune to spot one of the singing Wood Frogs, even capturing a short video of it as it called. This was the first time I've actually watched one call and I was surprised that it didn't have a vocal sac beneath its chin, rather a pair of lateral vocal sacs that inflated on both sides toward the rear of its head.

Publicado por scottking scottking, 05 de abril de 2017

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scottking

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Abril 4, 2017 03:18 PM CDT

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Corn Speedwell
St Olaf Natural Lands
Northfield, Minnesota

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Rana del Bosque (Lithobates sylvaticus)

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scottking

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Abril 4, 2017 03:02 PM CDT

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Wood Frog
St Olaf Natural Lands
Northfield, Minnesota

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Tortuga Pintada (Chrysemys picta)

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scottking

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Abril 4, 2017 02:59 PM CDT

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Painted Turtle
St Olaf Natural Lands
Northfield, Minnesota

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Papamoscas Fibí (Sayornis phoebe)

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scottking

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Abril 4, 2017 02:57 PM CDT

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Eastern Phoebe
St Olaf Natural Lands
Northfield, Minnesota

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Azulejo Garganta Canela (Sialia sialis)

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scottking

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Abril 4, 2017 02:50 PM CDT

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Eastern Bluebird
St Olaf Natural Lands
Northfield, Minnesota

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Gorrión Cantor (Melospiza melodia)

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scottking

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Abril 4, 2017 03:19 PM CDT

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Song Sparrow
St Olaf Natural Lands
Northfield, Minnesota

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Golondrina Bicolor (Tachycineta bicolor)

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scottking

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Abril 4, 2017 02:36 PM CDT

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Tree Swallow
St Olaf Natural Lands
Northfield, Minnesota

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scottking

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Abril 4, 2017 02:46 PM CDT

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Prickly Ash, thorn and bud
St Olaf Natural Lands
Northfield, Minnesota

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Oligoquetos (Subclase Oligochaeta)

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scottking

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Abril 4, 2017 02:38 PM CDT

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Earthworm castings
St Olaf Natural Lands
Northfield, Minnesota

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scottking

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Abril 4, 2017 01:27 PM CDT

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Siberian Squill
backyard
Northfield, Minnesota

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