Red-necked Grebes get “all dressed up” for spring.
Compare that to the winter plumage.
Here is the description of the song from Sibley Birds: A loud series, beginning with nasal, gull-like quality, then braying chatter with quavering end. Also a loud, nasal quacking series ga-ga-ga-ga.
A few Horned Grebes were aso present:
American Goldfinch males also undergo a major colour change in spring. I saw this male today:
In winter, males look like females:
It was an April morning: fresh and clear
The Rivulet, delighting in its strength,
Ran with a young man’s speed; and yet the voice
Of waters which the winter had supplied. – Wm. Wordsworth
Miles, those colourful bird photos are a treat to behold. There is little action at our feeders for some reason so they are doubly appreciated !
I know we will all be writing to lament the cancellation and to beg you to allow small groups of us to engage you to take us ….. if you do consider that I would be so pleased !!!
I’m really sorry the spring walks had to be cancelled, Miles. I know many people will be disappointed!
I really hope that you will continue to share your wonderful pictures of nature, birds and botany with us in posts. I look forward to seeing them every day, as I look forward to the day when bird walks can resume. These pictures of birds today are really wonderful. I delight in experiencing the arrival/unfolding of spring through your photographs. Thank you so much, Miles!