I've been waiting on the red bud trees to sprout their little blooms and have recently been rewarded (shot above and below).
I have so many different varieties of daffodils and narcissus that I keep being rewarded with the first blooms of each kind.
Some years most of the varieties of daffodils and narcissus bloom around the same time but this year they have been staggered.
The mourning doves have been out in full force and barely move as I walk among them.
The robins are also starting to ignore me a lot more which gives me the chance to photograph them on the ground.
The female cardinals usually fly up to a branch or into the bushes when I come by.
The male cardinals tend to perch in the trees but I can spot them as they are calling out in their distinctive voices.
The hydrangea are beginning to get their first leaves and I hope they don't get bit by frost which often happens with the early leaves.
On a recent walk at Lake Lynn I enjoyed getting to photograph the turtles who were out in force.
I recently had a post on my other blog with shots from that walk but there were so many shots I didn't use I thought I'd include some in my nature notes post.
It amused me how the shot below shows the Canada goose paddling in shallow water which looks like it might be easier to walk.
There are always a number of canoes on the banks of Lake Lynn but I rarely see anyone out in one.
Back at my house the auroma from the flowers is knocking me over.
I'm exaggerating, I'm not literally knocked over by the flower's scent but the mixture is pretty potent.
Each day more of the white camellias are blooming and I'm very happy with how the bushes are doing, in spite of some winter damage.
Even the oak trees (branches above the pink miniature magnolia below) are starting to form their long pollen gifts.
I guess I'll end here. Please visit the home of Nature Notes for other participants.