Saturday, April 30, 2011

A Purple Day

A friend in British Columbia mentioned a profusion of blooming Purple Dead Nettle in early April. Here in southern Ontario spring is not so far advance and it wasn't until today that I noticed my first Purple Dead Nettle while driving into the Tremblay Beach Conservation Area.  One end of an old soybean field was covered in millions of tiny flowers. 

 The other day I managed to get a photo of a female Purple Finch at my feeder. Today when I got home there were several Purple Finches at the feeder including this nice male.


  1. Beautiful bird and lovely picture of the Purple Dead Nettle. So that's what that is! :D
    I've never had a Purple Finch bless my yard with its presence.
    The rain brought down some birds which have never visited my yard before, at least not that I've ever noticed.
    It was a thrill to see Rose-breasted Grosbeak (m & f), Baltimore Oriole, Yellow warbler and another warbler that was too quick for me to ID.
    What a great time of year!

  2. I'm trying to get a good photo of a male Rose-breasted Grosbeaks at the feeder.

  3. Love the dead nettles. They are so incredibly abundant in agricultural areas. The Purple Finch shot is great!