Spring Visitors in NH

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sun-edged clouds

You can click on any of the pictures for a larger view.

the Whitehouse

It’s still cool enough for the woodstove, but Spring is definitely arriving.

The coming of spring brings blue skies, warming temperatures, and a transition from white to green.  The first to arrive are the birds.

Tom Turkey.  He's been around all winter, but looks dazzling in his spring finery

Tom Turkey. He’s been around all winter, but looks dazzling in his spring finery

Coopers Hawk - Hunting Doves and preparing a nest nearby.

Coopers Hawk – Hunting doves and preparing a nest nearby.

Indigo Bunting.  The first one we have seen in years.

Indigo Bunting. The first one we have seen in years.

The small critters show up next.  They have been denned up for the winter and
the warm weather brings them out.

PEEK!!!Chipmunk.

Diving in for a Drink

Diving in for a Drink

Porcupine.

Porcupine.

Weasel.

Weasel.

Last of all come the Hibernators. (Amphibian and Mammalian).

Snapping Turtle in a local pond.

Snapping Turtle in a local pond.

Spring, and Thoughts of Love.

Spring, and Thoughts of Love.

We have taken down the winter birdfeeders, but the hungry bears still need to check to make sure.  This female showed up with her three yearling cubs.

Mamma Bear

Mamma Bear

one happy family_edited-1©

The cubs are very curious, but Mom is on the constantly alert

Did there used to be a birdfeeder here?

Did there used to be a birdfeeder here?

These cubs have been with their mother since late last winter and are just about ready to go out on their own.  Mom will soon shoo them out of her territory and be ready to mate again.  That’s probably why this male has been hanging around.  The female will not tolerate him around the cubs, but he usually shows up sniffing around an hour or so after the female and the cubs.

big boy!_edited-1©

First Visit.

AH!! life in the country_edited-1

The male does not stick around long.

Second Visit.

Second Visit.

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6 responses »

  1. Absolutely fantastic photos! Glad to hear from you again– guess you have been in hibernation, too. The winters up there in the northland must be tough. Come on down to sunny, warm Western North Carolina. Our spring ephemerals have already come and are about gone. Spring starts early here.

  2. Fabulous photos, folks. That is one pretty location. Many thanks for sharing your most excellent photography. That must be an impressive Mama Bear to raise “three” great looking young-uns. No big spring trip this year?
    Thanks again for a great start to my day!

  3. Love the photos, captures the “Coming of Spring”

  4. Thanks for the comments. Yes it certainly has been busy around here this spring. No spring trip this year, but look for some Canadian posts later this summer and we will probably be heading to sunny, warm, Western North Carolina, and the far west, next spring.

  5. Caroline Collins

    I love your pics! Keep me on your list! Hope to get back to N.H. soon. Still camping in my Roadtrek RV. In Louisiana now, visiting relatives.

  6. We look forward to seeing you Caroline.

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