I was able to spent some time in the Green Island Wetlands again. Didn't have much luck with birds today but saw lots of Painted Turtles that were out of the water and enjoyed the sun as much as I did. Unfortunately the water level in the wetlands is very low right now and if that persists we may not have the same good shooting opportunities for waterfowl as in the spring last year. We will see.
This Garter Snake crossed my way today. It stopped and gave me the time to get out of the car, to go on the ground, and to make some clicks. Back home I checked my photo library, just to find confirmation that March 16th is the earliest I have ever seen a Garter Snake in spring during the last eight years I lived in Iowa.