Spring is in the air

By Natalie Sopinka

Ever get stumped trying to describe that smell after a misty, spring rain when the grass is dewy and lush? Well that smell has an official term, petrichor. Produced by interactions between plant oils, bacteria, and an organic compound called geosmin, petrichor is the earthy aroma after rain.

This spring, as the flowers bloom and the temperatures climb, the number of baby bird images being shared with OFNC’s Facebook group is also increasing exponentially. Time to test your baby bird vocabulary!

Goslings, or baby geese, are being spotted all around Ottawa this Spring.

Photo: Shelley Dinn Morphy, Macoun Marsh

Canada Goose Branta canadensis, Photo: Shelley Dinn Morphy, Macoun Marsh

No surprise here, these baby ducks following momma are ducklings.

Aix sponsa, Photo: Joe Wilson, Kanata

Wood duck Aix sponsa, Photo: Joe Wilson, Kanata

Ottawa’s very own baby peregrine falcons, or eyases.

Peregrine falcon (Falco peregrinus), Photo: Anouk Hoedeman, Downtown Ottawa

Peregrine falcon (Falco peregrinus), Photo: Anouk Hoedeman, downtown Ottawa

This cygnet/flapper will grow to be a majestic swan one day.

Mute Swan (Cygnus olor) Graham Checkley, PBase

Mute Swan (Cygnus olor), Photo: Graham Checkley, PBase

And a partridge in a pear tree, or in this case cheepers on a shoe!

Chinese Bamboo Partridge (Bambusicola thoracicus), Photo: Ishikawa Ken, Flickr

Chinese Bamboo Partridge (Bambusicola thoracicus), Photo: Ishikawa Ken, Flickr

A baby puffin can be referred to as a puffling, cute name for a cute chick!

Emily Pipher

Atlantic puffin, (Fratercula arctica), Photo: Emily Pipher, The Internet Bird Collection (IBC)

Might this young chicken pair be a pullet (female) and cockrell (male)?

Gallus gallus domesticus, Photo: Laura Alice Watt, Flickr

Domestic chicken Gallus gallus domesticus, Photo: Laura Alice Watt, Flickr

Nothing to see here, just a mother owl’s ridiculously fluffy owlets.

Barn owl Tyto alba, Photo: Jenelle, Living in the Woods

“It’s not easy waking up this good looking,” said the pigeon squab/squeaker.

Columba livia, Photo: Amanda Richards

Rock dove/pigeon Columba livia, Photo: Amanda Richards, Flickr

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