Male Rose-breasted Grosbeak

The Rose-breasted Grosbeaks are once again migrating through on their journey to their breeding grounds up north.  Like clockwork, they stop over each spring to rest and dine on seeds from the feeders before continuing on their way.

“There is an appointed time for everything.  And there is a time for every event under heaven.”  ~Ecclesiastes 3:1

Prothonotary Warbler

I spotted this little warbler while walking along the boardwalk at Reelfoot Lake.  It was flittering among the branches of the cypress trees in search of insects to eat.

“Every moment is a new opportunity to be amazed.”  ~Jonathan Colman

Bobolink

We spotted a small flock of Bobolink on the levy near the Mississippi River.  The males were dressed in their attractive spring plumage.  After breeding season, they will molt and take on the buff-brown colors of the female.

… Upon a tuft of meadow grass,
While thy loved-one tends the nest,
Thou swayest as the breezes pass,
Unburthening thine o’erfull breast
Of the crowded songs that fill it,
Just as joy may choose to will it …
~James Russell Lowell

Waiting to be fed

For a while, a Cardinal family had a nest right outside one of my windows.  Here are a few pictures of the Cardinal babies patiently waiting for their food.

“Each life is made up of mistakes and learning, waiting and growing, practicing patience and being persistent.”  ~Billy Graham

White-crowned Sparrow

This White-crowned Sparrow, so named for the striking black-and-white stripes on its head, landed on the ground near where I was sitting.  Less shy than most birds, it seemed almost curious as to what I was doing and quite willing to be photographed.

 

“It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them.  They went out and happened to things.”  ~Leonardo da Vinci

Red-headed Woodpecker

A Red-headed Woodpecker seen at Paris Landing State Park.  Though it was a flurry of activity, flying here and there, it always returned to the same cavity in a tree.  Its actions led me to believe that it was probably tending to a nest inside.  Eventually, it lighted near the cavity opening to  stand watch.

“Duty makes us do things well, but love makes us do them beautifully.”  ~Zig Ziglar