Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Nature Nerd Wednesdays

Welcome to Nature Nerd Wednesdays, your mid-week nature break to reconnect with the calming, refreshing, and inspiring effects of nature. Take a deep breath and enjoy...

My old Canada Goose friends from the Sammamish River Trail. And a snow goose that apparently fell in with the wrong crowd...

When springtime arrives, so do many seasonal visitors of the avian variety as they return for the summer or pass through for a rest along their arduous northward migration. The sound of their voices calling out and the sight of their wings beating against the moody skies can be as much an herald of the season as tulips, cherry blossoms, and trillium.

The film below is another gem from Nature 365. Although it features sandhill cranes, it reminded me of the flocks of snow geese that crowd the valley near my home around this time every year. Just as spring begins to creep ever closer on the calendar, the geese show up in a flurry of honking, graceful white bodies numbering in the thousands that from a distance can almost fool you into thinking that a light dusting of snow has fallen over the valley. Like the snow geese, the sandhill cranes in this film also have a long migration, but they paused long enough at this wetland for the photographer to capture a few moments with them.

I'm looking forward to the imminent return of the barn swallows as well. They return around Easter every year and quickly get to work building nests and scolding me from the rafters as I go about my chores. What visitors are you looking forward to greeting on their return this spring? Feel free to share in the comments!

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