On my errands this morning I noticed this pretty cloud formation out over Lake Erie:
I got out of the car and holey moley - the wind nearly knocked me over! I only live about a mile as the crow flies from the lake but the winds at my house are a gentle breeze compared to the lakefront. Look at the little tree on the left.
I was up on a bluff and I could feel the water spray from the lake.
We are finally in “real” spring, with longer and warmer days. Bugs and bees have started to emerge followed by our bug eating birds. How we’ve missed them over the winter! The birds that is and some of the bugs, but not the mosquitos! In the parking lot I saw European Starlings, Northern Flickers, and managed to get a photo of an Eastern Phoebe.
It was flying up and down in short bursts. It looked like it was bucking the winds but maybe it was the bugs that were being blown around and it was chasing them.
The Flickers would not pose for me. They were digging through the mulch under a tree for some tasty tidbits but flew away when I tried to get a shot.
Another bird I did not get a photo of today - a Blackburnian Warbler that was eating ants in my rhododendron. A first sighting of this bird for me!
Photos taken at Mentor Beach Park, Mentor, Ohio, USA. 11: 00 am eastern time, 60 degrees