Early thaw, aborted
March 17th, 2018
For most of the winter, except for our brief jaunt to the southern states,
I've been hibernating indoors. I just don't tolerate Canadian winter as well
as I did when I was younger. A few weeks ago I thought the long cold wait was
over. And I wasn't the only one! On the 27th of February I tallied a
Red-winged Blackbird outside my husband's work, my earliest ever. On the 4th
of this month, we both drove out to the Carp River floodplain and enjoyed the
spectacle of a thousand plus Canada Geese, along with a handful of Cackling
Geese (Canada Goose's diminutive lookalike) and two Greater
. That last is an uncommon species in Ottawa, and I got
one of my best looks at it ever.
And then temperatures plummeted. And a whole bunch of snow fell. People have
reported seeing masses of geese fly south. I don't blame them.
But today my body said, "minus five or not, I want a walk." I'm glad I
listened. I spent a couple hours at South March Conservation Forest enjoying
the sun and the birds. Purple Finches sang along the trail, and Brown Creepers
and Downy Woodpeckers spiralled up tree trunks. As for the Red-winged
Blackbirds, they seem to have decided, "darnit, we're here now and we're NOT
turning around and going back." They were staked out over the frozen marsh,
Tonight I'm putting both feeders up. I think my molting goldfinches will
appreciate the extra food after it hits -19C tonight.
Mourning Doves at feeder, November 21st