Birders throughout the Midwest have been lamenting the slow-coming spring. Many of us worry about how the cold temperatures will affect the birds' ability to feed and survive. A Say's Phoebe, a vagrant from the southwest, arrived in Ashland County during snowy twenty degree days a week or so ago. It was only seen for a day or two. Hopefully, it was able to find a more suitable climate, but it's possible that the bird perished.
More of us are just impatient--we can't wait to view our favorite spring migrants or a rarity, and we wish for prettier backgrounds when photographing warblers. In the southern portion of Wisconsin, at least all of the ice has melted from Lake Michigan. Insects like flies, bees, dragonflies, and even butterflies have been seen sporadically over the past view weeks. Yesterday, I was caught in swarms of midges (thousands upon thousands--and many of them were copulating, making for reliable snacks for passerines):