|Spring turkey - Conservationist, Noppadol Paothong|
April is the time when the woods and fields come back alive. After months of few new findings on a hike, all of a sudden everything is new as dormant life awakens and fertility cycles begin again. Turkey are out everywhere, gobbling confidently in the knowledge that they are safe until youth season begins April 12th.
|Belted kingfisher- Joe Motto|
|Eastern tent caterpillar egg case|
Hummingbirds will start arriving any day now. They will be hungry from their trip back from their wintering grounds in Central America and most will be moving on after fueling up. Even though it was blustery today, we have loaded up the bird feeders, as there won't be many other nectar sources around for a while. They can also feed on tree sap and flying insects but both are hard to come by.
Coldblooded reptiles begin to emerge when the average temperature suits them. You will need to drive carefully on the country roads as turtles begin crossing them in their hazardous search for mates. Also watch your step as copperheads will be emerging from their dens. They are just minding their own business and you are too big for them to eat so consider letting them alone unless they are around your house.
|Copperhead - Mark Bower|
|Serviceberry blossom - Wikimedia|
One final annual April event; the black vultures are brooding in our old barn. After four years of observing them, they look bored when I open the door to the stall. Today I waited at the open door for several minutes before she stood up to show me the eggs.