Rain was predicted for late morning, so I headed out at dawn:
This is always an exciting time of year for naturalists. What birds will I find? How is spring progressing in the plant world?
The time around sunrise is the best for bird song and many were calling. By 9 am, there is much less singing.
After hearing 4 plaintive whistles, I knew that a Blue-headed Vireo was nearby. I prefer the former name of Solitary Vireo as this call sounds as if the singer is feeling lonely.
Other birds that I was able to photograph:
In the Antarctic region, cormorants are called “Blue-eyed Shags.” You can see the blue eye on this bird in the Don Valley.
Some Valley images:
This is a good year for Trilliums which were at their height of flowering on this day:
O day! O day!
You lift and sway your colors on the sky
Till I am crushed with beauty. – Marion Strobel (1895–1967)