Still in the Fort Worth Botanic Gardens, not far from the heron statue, a living Great Blue Heron stands like a statue while hunting in the pond.
Warm spring, nearly summer-like, days have descended on Clarksburg. We have done some yard work, and the cats have been nearly in cat heaven.
Grubby Kitten sleeps in his favorite place — on the sun-warmed stone patio.
Update: This was Saturday. By Sunday afternoon, winter had returned bringing cold showers, sporadic snow, and dips into freezing temperatures, and this will continue for another week or so. April’s little surprises continue.
For the past several days we’ve had a new visitor hanging out at our bird feeders, one we’ve never seen before. It’s a Yellow-throated Warbler (Setophaga dominica). You might just barely see it as a tiny yellow dot between two white dots on the lower far right in the picture above. The rest of its body just blends into the background. Sorry — my camera isn’t good with distances.
Seeing this bird among the sunflower seeds is rather a surprise. Yellow-throated warblers are in this area during the summer breeding season, but like most warblers they’re insect eaters and don’t come to seed feeders. But I guess our little friend arrived somewhat early, and the insect supply isn’t yet up to standard this year. Anyway, it’s a very pretty little bird and we’re glad it’s come to visit us.
See a good description, with decent pictures, from Audubon.org: www.audubon.org/field-guide/bird/yellow-throated-warbler
“Fishing Rock” by Bob Guelich, Fort Worth Botanic Gardens, Fort Worth, Texas
Four bronze herons prepare for flight.
Across the street from our hotel in San José, Costa Rica, 18 April 2017.
“Mural” just doesn’t seem adequate. It covers the whole side of the building. I couldn’t get back far enough to get it all in the picture.