Today was a windy day in the lowlands but much more windy on the ridge at the nest site. The American Bald Eagle chicks are 4 weeks old now and seem to be getting along much better now that there is no longer a size difference. The eggs are laid 2 days apart and hatch in the same order. This gives the first born a large advantage for the first 2 weeks or so. After that the 2nd born catches up in size and squabbling decreases after that time. When the parents left the nest today the two chicks stayed nestled down out of the wind except for a stretch now and then.
It was another sunny day in Cades Cove TN today. The same warm weather that launched the ground breaking of the Daffodils a few weeks ago is now slowly bringing them to their demise. After this last weekend in March, the only remaining patches of yellow flowers, called Buttercups by the Cades Cove inhabitants, will be the ones that have been partially protected by the shade. It was a great day to spend some time photographing these Smoky Mountain beauties as the sky was blue and spotted by white fluffy clouds.