For this American Goldfinch the molting process is just starting and there is a ways to go yet, but it is definitely a sign that spring has truly come to southern Michigan. The male is the lucky one to lose the drab muddy color of winter. For a much more exciting view of bird life in the spring, go to the Eagle Cam from Norfolk, Virginia: http://www.wvec.com/marketplace/microsite-content/eagle-cam.html
There are three little eaglets (born between March 11 and 13) and you can watch them and the parents as long as there is daylight. It is addictive, believe me!
More signs of spring in southern Michigan: it was 22 degrees on Tuesday morning; the temperatures are predicted to approach 80 in the next two days. These spring swings are hard on the budding trees and bushes.
Last Saturday was the annual Volinia Maple Fest and the cooking shed was not operating as is usual at the fest. It was a small harvest this spring because earlier warm weather had caused the maples to bud and "buddy sap" is no good for making maple syrup. We learned this from one of the students who run the maple syrup business. Volinia is about 13 miles west of us in Cass County. For more about the Volinia Outcomes School, try this link:http://www.volinia.org/about_volinia.htm