So spring’s finally here, and summer’s just around the corner. Well, so thought the trumpeter swans, anyway. They headed north, arrived, and trumpeted the standard ‘What The Heck?” when they saw ice everywhere.
This family of 4 trumpeter swans were amongst the first to arrive – good flyers, I expect, as I doubt they took a shortcut. I’m sure they’re about as keen as I am for the ice and snow to melt and some warmer weather. I was surprised to see a couple of youngsters with them – what a way to start your life, a crazy migration thousands of miles north to the land of ice and snow. The youngsters are last year’s chicks, I didn’t realize they stayed with their parents more than a year.
The birds are starting to arrive, and I’m keen to get some more waterfowl as the lakes and rivers open a little more. I found a Great Horned Owl next the other day, but it’s not very accessible to photos .. deep in the thick of a stand of cottonwoods. I hear Great Horned Owls every night outside the cabin, but I’ve not seen them yet. They’re too sneaky for me.
So, today’s pop quiz. It’s really, REALLY hazy here the last few days. The temperature’s up around the 50 degree mark, not a cloud in the sky, there are no fires, so it’s not smoke. Who knows what’s going on (I do)? The word you’re looking for starts with an ‘s’.