We are happy to be participating in this monthly photo challenge hosted by Dog Mom Days and the Everyday Dog Mom. The theme for April is “Spring”.
You would think that “Spring” would be an easy photo to find in early April, even here in New England. However, it’s been quite difficult to find around here lately, with cold temperatures and even a recent snowstorm (only 4″ but that was enough!).
I don’t mind a spring snow so much, it really was beautiful, but it’s the cold temperatures and lack of sunshine that get to me the most. At least on our Sunday walk this weekend, it was sunny and warm enough that Luke didn’t need a sweater or coat; so that is certainly progress.
The daffodils in our garden had already broken through before the most recent storm, and hopefully we’ll see some blossoms in the near future.
As I wandered the yard searching for prettier signs of spring, it suddenly struck me. Nothing says spring like an irruption of goldfinches at our bird feeders, especially when the males are just starting to get their bright colors back.
It’s a sign that Mother Nature really does intend to give us our spring at some point. We’re always impatient for it. For now, we can enjoy watching the birds from our spot on the couch in front of the still burning wood stove.
LLB in Our Backyard says
What beautiful goldfinches you found! Perfect!
They are definitely a favorite around here!
M. K. Clinton says
Goldfinch are so pretty. We need to put us a bird feeder up to see what we can attract.
Just be sure you don’t attract bears, like we sometimes do when we leave them up too long in the spring! 🙂
Snow, daffodils, & goldfinches, all things to appreciate. I wish we had more songbirds here. There have been fewer and fewer each year.
It’s very sad….they are losing their habitats in places and the populations are being affected. 🙁
Lynn LaChance says
Oh, and forgot to say as I just looked back, holy cow, Jan, those pics of those wings in motion are just too awesome-how did you capture those, wonderful!!
Just got lucky – LOL!
Lynn LaChance says
Oh, beautiful, Jan!!! I can’t believe you have that many signs of spring! I haven’t even looked at my little daffodil bed, but I don’t think there is anything there, and as for birds-I left one finch feeder up, and have not seen a bird on it! Definitely not goldfinches, SO nice you have them!! And I am kind of surprised at how yellow they are already. Yup, I guess all this surprise at spring signs is because of how winter like it still has been! But glad for you that the farm is the first place to show spring!
The birds are the only thing giving us hope that spring might actually arrive!
sand spring chesapeakes says
The flowers are trying!! We just got a dusting of snow again last night.
Every day I’m out there seeing if they have buds yet. We’ve had a dusting of snow the last two nights here too!
Monika & Sam says
Spring bulbs peeking out of a snowy blanket always make me smile. It means spring is just around the corner. Great images of the finches, especially the one in flight.
Thank you! One year we had it snow on top of the blossoms…so I suppose we’re ahead of the game here. Well, maybe, the way it’s going it probably will snow again after they blossom! LOL
I love your gold finches!!! Wow, wow! We have snow too… but it’s a reason to be happy here. Our world is alarmingly dry.
I’m glad you’ve finally gotten at least some snow. Hope it is helping!
Brian Frum says
Such beautiful photos and I hope the birds bring you Spring really soon!
They’re working on it! It has at least been warming up a little bit this week.
Birds do really say spring. Just hearing their noises brings a spring feeling even in the snow.
It’s so true. When we had that flock of robins in the middle of our last big snowstorm, it was still so encouraging to hear them singing!