February 12th. A cloudy dawn.
Untited Distillers Chimney.
February 14th. Fifty-two degrees at 2:00 P.M. The usual Winter Stoneflies atop the snow, plus this Ant (Family Formicidae).
February 19th. The first Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) is back!
I was surprised to hear it, assuming with our severe winter and blanket of snow that the birds' return would be delayed - but this is within days of their return in the past couple of years.
February 24th. A half dozen Red-winged Blackbirds (Agelaius phoeniceus) were calling today.
February 25th. An afternoon break in heavy rain allowed a visit to Grayville Falls.
February 28th. A brief afternoon walk in a break between rain storms. Two Red-tailed Hawks (Buteo jamaciensis) perched above the marsh.
As I approached, one flew off.
...then the second one flew off.
I also saw two male Mallards in flight, the first I've seen at the marsh in months.