Happy Easter! Happy Spring! Happy Sunday!

27 March, 2016 Happy Easter! Happy Spring! Happy Sunday!

Happy beginning of Spring, at least if you’re in the northern hemisphere. And Happy Easter, if you’re so inclined. I just returned (~8:00 Sunday evening) from delicious late Easter Brunch at my sister Katie’s house in Maryland. So, like last week, I’m going to put up a few pictures from this week, and do a longer post tomorrow.

Part of the Easter Egg-citement was the lovely new arrival at Katie’s house – the energetic and outgoing Mattie. She was born in early November and will be five months old in a couple of weeks. Pictured here with Mackey and Turner and me this afternoon at Katie’s. My niece Aileen took the pictures – those dogs didn’t stop moving long!:

Matty on the move:

Mattie on the move:

Joining the pack:

Joining the pack:

Thursday March 24 was, according to reliable sources, the first day the Purple Martins (Progne subis) returned to Bryan Park. This picture is not spectacular; I’ll have better images a week from today:

The return of the Purple Martins to Bryan Park - more Spring progress! Yay!

The return of the Purple Martins to Bryan Park – more Spring progress! Yay!

On Monday at Bryan Park, we hiked to the Nature Preserve (near Shelter 2) and this Red-shouldered Hawk flew into a tree and landed: 

Red-shouldered Hawk in Bryan Park. The thing about raptor pictures is, they just "take command" of the image - when I look at raptor pictures, I just look at the raptor.

Red-shouldered Hawk in Bryan Park. The thing about raptor pictures is, they just “take command” of the image – when I look at raptor pictures, I just look at the raptor.

We watched it for quite some time, and took more than a few photographs, and hiked back out. And as we reached Young’s  Pond Dam and the Bryan Park Avenue entrance, this Red-tailed Hawk flew into another tree and landed!:

Red-tailed hawk at Bryan Park - taken w/in 1/2 mile of that Red-shoulder, ten minutes later.

Red-tailed hawk at Bryan Park – taken w/in 1/2 mile of that Red-shoulder, ten minutes later.

I’ve got some nice flower pictures, plus some so-so osprey pictures, plus a picture of one of our “neighborhood” Red-tails – I took the picture from my front porch – plus lots of flowers, but I’m fading fast and my pillow is much more attractive than this keyboard. More tomorrow! Thanks for dropping in!

Have a great day,

Jay

About Jay McLaughlin

I am a rehabilitation counselor. I have many friends with autism and traumatic brain injuries. They help me learn new things constantly. I hike with dogs at the James River in Richmond - a lot. I've completed an Iron distance triathlon a year for 11 years. My most recent was in Wilmington, NC in November, 2013. I currently compete in mid-distance triathlons. And work and hike and take pictures and write and eat.
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