|Goldfinch in summer color.|
I usually start my day with a soak in the hot tub, just as the sun is coming up. In March, around the first days of Spring, I watch these little birds in the nearby red oak tree, eating the flowers and pollen of the red oak. Sometimes there are dozens, even hundreds, busy eating the oak blossoms.
|The red oak flowers are golden yellow and last for only about a week.|
I have a theory. The red oak blossoms are bright yellow and the goldfinches, still in their ugly gray winter color, are all over this tree every day while it's in bloom; they need the yellow pollen. Every day they eat the yellow flowers and you can watch the changes in their feathers, going from gray to mild yellow, then brighter, until the goldfinch is in full peacock mode, just as the oak blossoms have finished blooming.
|Not much yellow yet.|
|Almost no color today.|
|Water stands in the pathways. We received 5 inches over 3 days.|
|In the background the sunlight on the hills looks like yellow blossoms.|
|That far, far hill in the background is across the lake from us.|
|Part of the garden in the foreground. The distant hills were alive with color and sunlight.|
To see a few more of the first day of spring photos, go here. Happy spring everyone!