Saturday, April 30, 2011

April Nature Sightings

This month has been uncommonly cold and unpredictable, and spring has been late to arrive. In the last few days up here on the Pocono Plateau we've encountered the most wildlife and botany so far.
    Wild Turkey male
    courtesy of
  • Wild turkeys, mostly females but we spotted a group including a male displaying his full feathery regalia
  • Black bear, spotted last night walking onto a neighbor's lawn, who saw us and stood up to a big tree, perchance to climb (we passed before he made his move)
  • Pileated Woodpecker
    Photo courtesy of National Geographic
  • A pileated woodpecker, calling and singing, and even drumming, up in the trees
  • Goldfinch (female) at the thistle seed feeder I put up yesterday afternoon
    White Breasted Nuthatch
    photo courtesy Terry Sohl
  • American Tree Sparrow
  • Dark-eyed junco
  • Black-capped chickadee
  • White-breasted nuthatches (male and female)
Today on our walk we saw the beginnings of ferns, lush mosses and tightly furled dandelions. The rhododendrons that are indigenous, tall and lush up here are showing some buds. Ground pine is up. In our backyard, in the woody area beyond the lawn, a lone daffodil has bloomed. The bulbs were lovingly carried by my aunt from her amazing garden in Tennessee almost three years ago, and I planted them over two years ago. They failed to bloom until now.

Black Bear
photo courtesy

Note: I have not posted any of my own photos here but I definitely will in the future. My thanks to those who have posted gorgeous nature photos available through Google Image.