not much to sing about

It wouldn’t be March in Minnesota if we didn’t get a sloppy snowstorm before the month was over.  I won’t complain about the snow in my backyard (because there wasn’t any), but there was significant (6-10 inches) of the wet, white stuff starting just a few miles south of us.  I always wonder how early spring migrants tolerate the sudden change in temperature and disappearance of a not-so-reliable food source.

So, here’s a happy Red-winged Blackbird on the day before the storm at a local marsh.

Red-winged Blackbird

It’s only March, and the ladies haven’t arrived yet, but this doesn’t keep the boys from showing off their stuff.

And here is the scene the next morning…

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A wet 10 inches or more of sloppy snow blanketed the landscape just south of downtown Saint Paul.

red-winged blackbird in a snowy marsh

On display, but definitely not singing!

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Not really a happy Blackbird today.

But that’s spring…a time of ups and downs.

Whee!! This was the 1000th post on Back Yard Biology.  Thanks for reading!

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