I have committed a terrible faux pas in the blog word -- I broke my promise to myself of making a weekly post on Mondays. Dear Readers, I don't think there are many of you at this point, but apologies anyway, and I'll behave in the future! Moving on to this week's topic: I am, like many others, pining for a proper spring day. Between our recent chilly air, rain, and wind, the promise of sun and pleasant temps lured me outside yesterday to probably my favorite spot for botanical beauty and all that comes with the package: Queens Botanical Garden. Trust me, I work there and happily visit on a day off, so it must be worth it!
I was hardly disappointed. Tulips and daffodils are flourishing, magnolias are in full flower, and trees are showing little green spots that will soon expand to full leaves. I saw my first little fly of the season, and the Gray Squirrels looked like they were enjoying the weather just as much as I. Oh, and the birds! I spotted a new species for my QBG birding list -- Tufted Titmouse (though common and most certainly a regular, it was my first spotting at the Garden). Plus our little Kildeers have returned and laid four eggs!
Took a hike into a densely wooded area and found a QBG favorite -- the Ring-necked Pheasants -- while Dark-eyed Juncos scattered into the brush. The Northern Flicker was out and about but alas, he was feeling shy and I only got a fleeting photo. Chipping Sparrows, though timid while having a snack in the Parking Garden, were more cooperative as was the Ruby-crowned Kinglet in the Woodland Garden (sorry, no photo as it was just too dark).
But my big treat beyond simply enjoying a walk were the two Hermit Thrush who posed on the Woodland railing for a moment before diving back into the thicket.