birds and blossoms

Spring has arrived in Northern California, despite long periods of recent heavy rain.  Trees are blooming, birds are singing, its green everywhere you look — truly a wonderful time to be outdoors.

Sycamores and green grass

Leafless Sycamores are a stark contrast to the lush green grass below.


This magnolia in my mother-in-law’s front yard began blooming back in November for some reason, and now shows both flowers and leaves simultaneously. The weather must have confused it….

Song Sparrow

Song Sparrow singing loudly from his straddled perch

Black Phoebe

A Black Phoebe sang a few times in between catching bugs

Plain Titmouse

The Plain Titmouse whistled repeatedly to his mate to follow him on to the next tree.

9 thoughts on “birds and blossoms

  1. Here in the mtns. of Western North Carolina, we have such a confused February– cold temps down in the mid teens or low twenties overnight, back up into 40s next day, next day, 50s, next day 60s, next day 70s (not normal), then Wham! the bottom drops out again. Everything is in bud, birds trying to nest, singing their hearts out, bulbs blooming & out come the freeze covers again. Winter daphne is frost burned & blooming! How disconcerting for our habitat flora & fauna. Something is amiss. I’m so glad you’ve had rain & spring is bustin’ out all over!

  2. The bird and magnolia photos are beautiful – thanks for sharing! I have just started a poetry blog here on WordPress in case you have time to look? Wishing you a good week ahead, Sam 🙂

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