Spring by Fits and Starts, late March and early April 2014

This drake Common Merganser was at Triadelphia Reservoir on March 23

This drake Common Merganser was at Triadelphia Reservoir on March 23

 

A Horned Grebe also at  Triadelphia on March 23rd.  This bird was well on the way to breeding colors while others were still in gray and silver winter plumage.

A Horned Grebe also at Triadelphia on March 23rd. This bird was well on the way to breeding colors while others were still in gray and silver winter plumage.

 

Yellow-rumped Warbler formerly called by the more attractive name Myrtle Warbler in east Columbia, MD on March 24

Yellow-rumped Warbler, formerly called by the more attractive name Myrtle Warbler, in east Columbia, MD on March 24.

 

The next day, March 25 it snowed again.  This Tree Swallow, at Centennial Lake in Howard County, looks miserable.

The next day, March 25, it snowed again. This Tree Swallow, at Centennial Lake in Howard County, looks miserable.

 

This Red-necked Grebe, likely heading north, decided to stop at Centennial Lake to wait out the late snowstorm--March 25.

A Red-necked Grebe, likely heading north, decided to stop at Centennial Lake to wait out the late snowstorm–March 25.

The early Killdeer gets the worm.  Several Killdeer were feeding in bare patches on this field in central Howard County on March 27.

The early Killdeer gets the worm. Several Killdeer were feeding in bare patches on this field in central Howard County on March 27.

 

A pretty Fox Sparrow visits our home feeders after the snow had melted---March 28

A pretty Fox Sparrow visits our home feeders after the snow had melted—March 28

Greater Yellowlegs in the rain--Centennial Lake, March 30.  One of the earlier migrant shorebirds in Howard County

Greater Yellowlegs in the rain–Centennial Lake, March 30. One of the earlier migrant shorebirds in Howard County

 

Tundra Swans in northern Frederick County, Maryland on March 31.  Most of the big swan flocks have moved north of the area by now.

Tundra Swans in northern Frederick County, Maryland on March 31. Most of the big swan flocks have moved north of the area by now.

 

A Brown Thrasher returns top Centennial Park in Howard County on April 1

A Brown Thrasher returns to Centennial Park in Howard County on April 1

 

This male Pine Warbler adds needed color to a bleak rainy woods at Centennial Park on April 7

This male Pine Warbler adds needed color to a bleak rainy woods at Centennial Park on April 7

 

Bloodroot flowers on April 8---the first wildflower blooms I saw--at Centennial Park

Bloodroot flowers on April 8—the first wildflower blooms I saw this year–at Centennial Park

 

A bright yellow Palm Warbler at Centennial Park on April 8 gives notice that spring is advancing

A bright yellow Palm Warbler at Centennial Park on April 8 gives notice that spring is advancing

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