Going through the archived photos from past years excites fond memories and often gives me an idea of what may again be out there in the wild this year. March is a month of transition, as winter residents depart and spring migrants start arriving. During February my daily bird sightings can become a bit monotonous as the same twenty or so species seem tp show up every morning. However, by late March there is greater diversity. I look for favorite themes and memes in the monthly collection-- critters of all kinds (especially birds), skies and reflections, flowers and fences.
We spent the entire month at home in south Florida. Our morning walk on March 1st yielded nice photos of a Green Heron in subdued morning light:
Red-wing Blackbirds males had returned earlier to set up territories and now were rounding up harems:
Females were present in greater numbers:
A male Boat-tailed Grackle seemed to be checking his reflection:
Overhead on the first day of March were Bald Eagles, one carrying a small fish...
...and a Wood Stork:
A male Bobcat crossed in front of us on March 2. Males occupy a very large territory (in roadless wilderness habitat, up to 30 square miles vs about 6 square miles for females) and visit several females during the breeding season, which peaks in February and March:
This Tricolored Heron's bill was turning blue, an indication that it is approaching breeding condition:
Although streaky and dull for most of the year, the head of this male Yellow-crowned Night-Heron turns clear with a yellow wash and its legs turn from gray to red as spring approaches:
Later in the month, a male extended his scapular plumes in a courtship display.
Pileated Woodpeckers had become more vocal and conspicuous. This is a female. The male has a red "mustache:":
A Northern Harrier male "Gray Ghost" searched for prey over the wetlands:
Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers would soon be migrating back to their northern breeding range:
Northern Cardinals were in full breeding plumage:
Great Crested Flycatchers would soon be breeding:
At the local nest, the adult Bald Eagle (Pride) was tending to the one surviving eaglet
Still present on March 17th, the Yellow-rumped Warblers will have migrated far to the north before the month's end:
American Kestrels would also soon abandon their winter range:
Killdeer were courting:
Prairie Warblers were with us most of the year but would soon undertake a "lateral" migration to nest in the coastal mangroves:
The prior year, for the first time ever, Wood Storks were recorded breeding on an island in a city park to our north. They had returned. On March 27 I counted over 100 adults:
Great Blue Heron on March 28:
A pregnant White-tailed doe was a sure sign of spring:
Sunlight breaking through the fog on March 17:
Up North, the ground was beginning to thaw, hence the Farmer's Almanac name for March's full Moon-- the Worm Moon.
Full Worm Moon on March 3:
Waning crescent on March 13:
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