Sunday, April 19, 2015

Spring Has Sprung

 Coltsfoot

I keep thinking "Spring has sprung" but I've been wondering where all the flowers are. Finally last week I spotted some cheerful coltsfoot blossoms!

 Pussy willows

 I cannot believe I nearly missed the pussy willows in my area.

 Mink 

This is the second mink I've photographed this year. Although there's still ice around some of these rocks,  the mink have spring fever and are out & about.

Tree Sparrow

As of last week, the tree sparrows were still here. Soon they will fly to the Arctic to breed.

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44 comments:

Andy said...

Nice photos of spring moving in. After the cold winter it is a welcome sight.

Jo said...

What a beautiful post to link to Saturday Critters. I love the mink. never heard of a Tree Sparrow; good to see it. And your blooms are probably a welcome sight after your harsh winter. Have a great day. Jo

Sandra said...

beautiful sparrow and adorable mink looks like he stuck his paw in he electric outlet. yellow flowers sing joy

Revrunner said...

Marvelous!

Anvilcloud said...

Those poor birdies, having to fly to the Arctic to breed.

laurak/ForestWalkArt :) said...

that is the CUTEST shot of the mink!! he looks so...punk!!

happy weekend & a colorful spring!

eileeninmd said...

I just love that cute mink! And the Tree Sparrow is sweet! Lovely flower and images.. Have a happy day and new week ahead!

Donna said...

It is wonderful to see spring has come to you!

TexWisGirl said...

beautiful bright bloom. the mink is too cute!

Kathy said...

Definitely a reason for celebration!

Birdman said...

That yellow.
BOOM!

VP said...

The mink is amazing!

sonia a. mascaro said...

Beautiful pictures of the spring!
The mink is so cute and looks inquisitive and curious.
The sparrow are beautiful too.

Wishing you and yours a lovely Sunday.

John's Island said...

Beautiful Coltsfoot and then ... the critters ... Neat post! Wishing you a fine week ahead.

Sylvia K said...

Oh, such beautiful, colorful captures -- as always!! I do love the mink!! I'm so glad you're beginning to see such promising signs of Spring!! They are wonderful, aren't they!!!

Gattina said...

Beautiful spring greetings ! The poor mink looks a little wet !

Malyss said...

Your two last shots are fabulous and funny!Well, your yellow flower is fabulous too.. :o)

Bob Bushell said...

Another spring shots, and beautiful images.

Rose said...

Doesn't that mink remind you of a small child that has just got out of the bathtub?

The flower is pretty and I love pussy willow.

colleen said...

the coltsfoot is first and like the rising of the sun! Fun to see a mink, so wet.

Indrani said...

The first one is a stunning picture. Great series of Spring!

William Kendall said...

The mink is really quite alert!

Ginny said...

The mink is adorable, all wet and fluffed out! I don't think I have ever seen coltsfoot! Now I will be on the lookout, but maybe there are none in this area. It is so pretty and frilly!

RedPat said...

That is one funky mink,EG! ;-)) I've loved seeing the flowers starting to appear finally.

Pamela Gordon said...

Nice signs of spring. I haven't seen any pussy willows but I hear they are in bloom. I cut a dozen daffodils from my flower bed to bloom in the house. ;) Have a great week.

Chandra Eswaran said...

Hi Tina,
Thanks for the lovely photos.
Never seen a mink before, except perhaps in National Geographic or some such magazine.
Glad to note the flowers are blooming in your neck of the woods.
Have a Beautiful Day!
Peace :)

Ruth Hiebert said...

ahhh,yes,those beautiful signs of spring. I had to smile at that mink. He looks like he just rolled out of bed.LOL

Michelle said...

Quite a capture of the mink!

Barb said...

What wonderful signs of spring. That mink had just taken a bath! My spring is still a ways off, so I'm enjoying yours.

Linda W. said...

Love your spring photos - especially the mink (he looks like he's having a bad hair day!)

Stephanie said...

Splendid shots!

Randy said...

Love the Pussy Willo shot.

Halcyon said...

It's nice to see signs of spring! That mink is so cute. :)

Jennifer A. Jilks said...

Aren't they amazing? Nature is exploding!

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Sweet critters EG, spring is the best season!

lexmart cross said...

Thanks For Sharing that..............

see you there! said...

There is something about pussy willows that reminds me of childhood. Haven't seen any in years.

Darla

Tahiti Daily Photo said...

Joli joli ...

Viera said...

so cute... like a model...

NatureFootstep said...

the mink seem to be all electrified :)

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

What a fantastic photo of the mink. I've only seen one in the wild, in NC. They are very neat. Love your photos! Hugs, Diane

MICKAN from QUEENS FIELD¸.•°`♥✿⊱╮ said...

The spring has come!
Lovely pics.

Debbie said...

i'm surprised the mink was on board for a picture!!!

the sparrow is just gorgeous, as is your image. they are beautiful birds, but because they are brown, they don't get the credit they deserve!!!!

edenhills said...

Beautiful series. That coltsfoot is quite cheerful!

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