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VERNAL EQUINOX - MARCH 20, 2021 - 5:37 A.M. EDT

    FIRST FULL DAY OF SPRING - MARCH 21, 2021
                        +++ FIRST ROBIN OF THE YEAR +++
                                    A REAL "EARLY BIRD"
        ALMOST A MONTH BEFORE THE VERNAL EQUINOX
                             FEBRUARY 23, 2021 - 1:00 P.M. 
"EARLY SPRING" FLOWERS IN SAND BEACH TOWNSHIP
                                     MARCH 19, 2021
SPRING BEGINS - PREDAWN ON LAKE HURON  
                 MARCH 20, 2021 - 7:00 am EDT
     SUNRISE AT HARBOR BEACH 
Trescott Street Pier - March 20, 2021
SPRING SUNSHINE ON THE HARBOR BEACH LIGHTHOUSE
Frank Murphy Memorial Museum - far right
HARBOR BEACH FROM THE PIER 
                   March 20, 2021
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FRANK MURPHY HOUSE - MEMORIAL MUSEUM (far right)
                SPRING IN H.B. 
    THE BUZZARDS ARE BACK!  
SPRING MIGRANTS IN THE HARBOR
A SURE SIGN OF SPRING!
THE JOSEPH H. THOMPSON SAILS INTO VIEW.
FIRST FULL DAY OF SPRING, MARCH 21, 2021 - 8:30 A.M.
       WISHING THE CAPTAIN AND CREW:
 "HAPPY SAILING AND A GREAT SEASON!"
UPBOUND OFF PORT HOPE - SPECIAL THANKS TO 
FIRST MATE DAVID CONNELL FOR THE HEADS-UP.
STAFFORD PARK, PORT HOPE, MICH.
       FIRST FULL DAY OF SPRING
HOODED MERGANSERS
SPRING RAINBOW & WIND TURBINES
     END OF THE RAINBOW?   A POT OF GOLD?
(South of Minden City) + REST IN PEACE, C.F.L. +
Short video, "SPRING MERGANSERS": it's on my YouTube Channel.
          FROM THE WINDOW 
            (WINTER BIRD LIST)
November 26, 2020 - March 20, 2021
​ 1.  blue jay                      16.  red-bellied woodpecker
 2.  chickadee                    17.  hairy woodpecker
 3.  titmouse                     18.  mourning dove
 4.  goldfinch                    19.  house sparrow
 5.  junco                        20.  white-throated sparrow
 6.  downy woodpecker           21.  pine siskin
 7.  carolina wren                22.  starling
 8.  cardinal                     23.  crow*
 9.  redpoll                       24.  screech owl*
10.  house finch                 25.  brown creeper*
11.  tree sparrow               26.  cedar waxwing*
12.  song sparrow               27.  pileated woodpecker*
13.  white-breasted nuthatch   28.  accipiter/sharp-shinned/cooper's*
14.  red-winged blackbird       29.  canada goose*            
15.  grackle                      30.  tundra swan*                     

* = NAF / not at feeder
ACTIVE EAGLE NESTS**
** CURRENT COUNT - MARCH 29, 2021:

   1.  Verona State Game Area
   2.  M-25, North of Harbor Beach
   3.  Jenks Rd., West of M-25
   4.  M-19, North of Ubly
   5.  Obee Rd. (Minden Township) Sanilac Co.
Verona State Game Area
Jenks Rd.
2021
ROADSIDE RACCOON
​To my surprise, it crossed the road and walked right up to the car!  Tame?  Hungry?  Sick? 
I stopped and photographed this young raccoon from a distance.  Then I pulled up closer.
Not something you see everyday....or get a chance to photograph!
"FOUR AND TWENTY BLACKBIRDS"
           ....PLUS A FEW MORE!
"BYE, BYE, BLACKBIRDS!"
SPRING MIGRATION - March 27, 2021
PUSSY WILLOWS
OFTEN A FIRST SPRING BOUQUET
MALLARDS
EASTER SUNRISE ON LAKE HURON 
                    APRIL 4, 2021
MY TRADITION!
"GONNA FIND ME A BLUEBIRD"
"LET HIM SING ME A SONG"
++++++ 8TH ANNIVERSARY  ++  APRIL 9, 2021 ++++++
"APRIL IS THE CRUELEST MONTH...."    T.S. ELIOT 
MOURNING CLOAK IN THE BACKYARD ON 
THE ANNIVERSARY - STRANGE COINCIDENCE!
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MOM ALWAYS LIKED MY SPRING FLOWERS.
++++++  REST IN PEACE  ++++++