Sunday, March 20, 2011

View From the Swamp: SPRING!!

 The ice is leaving the swamp!
March 7th

March 19th

You have to click to enlarge these photos.  Canada Geese and a pair of ducks....I won't try to id them.  The next shot you also have to enlarge to see another goose pair as well as a duck - Wood Duck or Hooded Merganser perhaps??  Even enlarged it is difficult to see.  It never ceases to amaze me how well camouflaged they are!

As my husband and I were about to leave the swamp Saturday, we took a final look down the far end of the swamp.  When we first arrived, the heron nests were empty but as we were about to leave, we spotted a heron flying and were just thrilled to see it land in the newest nest.   A second arrived within minutes and as we passed the binoculars between us, well.....spring has arrived!  We'll be looking forward to seeing the nest full and we'll do our best to keep you posted.


  1. All o f these are priming signs of spring.I am looking forward to seeing the activity at that nest.

  2. Looks to me like one monterous beaver lodege or do my eyes decieve me?

  3. Love all the signs of spring this post contains-- esp considering the white winter wonderland outside today! Enough snow already. Looking forward to peeking thru' your wide eyed window at that nest as the season progresses!

  4. Wonderful glimpses of the ice melting! There is gladness in the tone of Winter passing.
    I sure hope when I arrive home after my hibernation in the AZ desert that I see NO ice or signs of winter hanging on!!
    I have enjoyed seeing the herons nesting and hanging out near the ponds as I swing my golf clubs!