Don Poggensee salutes the arrival of May and the birds it brings

IDA GROVE, Iowa, May 1, 2017 — Photographer Don Poggensee says he loves the arrival of spring “with new birds passing thru,” like the northern flicker pictured here in the crabapple blossoms.

Actually he was saying that he loves everything about “the change of season from winter into spring,” as he wrote from his home here in northwest Iowa. “New life, new color, with new birds passing thru. Some will be here for the entire summer before the fall migration back South.”

Poggensee said he was well aware that the forecast for May Day was calling for an inch of snow in Ida Grove. So he went out a couple of days beforehand and made these photos of springtime emerging, “so to cheer everyone up.”



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Cottontail rabbit.

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Crabapple blossoms.

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Crabapple tree.

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Wild crabapple.



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Northern flicker in crabapple blossoms.



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Redwing blackbird, the scourge of all bicycle riders.



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