Thursday, March 25, 2010

Observations of a spring day

If you aren't watching Molly the barn owl as she sits with her 6 eggs (two have hatched -- just), then you must see this live-stream. I'll wait. It's fascinating. http://mashable.com/2010/03/22/the-owl-box

The woods behind the house are a riot of bird song. Birds calling, raucous, squabbling, trilling....birds building nests everywhere. Bluebirds back, defending their box from tenacious chickadees. Blue jays nesting in the bramble of the wisteria vine on the front porch. Phoebes constructing a mud and moss pillar on top of the security light above the terrace, far from the reach of raccoons.

Flying squirrels in the roosting pockets I never take down on the porch. Baby squirrels in the tack room too young to not know to come up and sniff your boot. (Never can seal the hole in the tack room for fear of sealing somebody up). Bunnies munching new grass in the yard and sneaking into the horse's grain buckets in the corral. Beaver back working on their lodge on the pond. Geese and duck families showing off their young.

Daffodils, jonquils, forsythia, grape hyancith, snowdrops, tulips, redbud up and blooming in the yard. Calves on Angelo's cattle farm bawling for their mamas. So much richness, hope, diversity. So much promise.

8 comments:

jaz@octoberfarm said...

hi...thanks for stopping by! i just signed up to follow you! what are the witches of wye? did you check out my witch collection? i have the original spellbook from the movie "practical magic" in case you are a fan!

Jazz said...

It'll be a while yet before we get that up here.

Eva Gallant said...

Ah, the joy and promises of spring!

TraciLopez said...

Beautiful visual I got from your description.

ReformingGeek said...

Lovely! I'm excited. Thanks for sharing.

Chris said...

Spring is well along down here. The goldfinches left here almost two weeks ago, so they should be getting up your way soon. Our irises are in full bloom, and the azaleas and dogwood are just coming out. The Japanese magnolia blooms are starting to fade, and the last of our trees have leaves.

Tracie said...

I am loving Molly....a third egg hatched tonight, and my daughter felt it was like welcoming a new member of our family.

zodiblog said...

Great post! I’ve always loved how the natural world just comes alive in spring. In Florida I’d sit and watch the baby pelicans, egrets, squirrels, dolphins, and once a baby manatee. I’m disappointed with the lack of wildlife here. I go on long walks up in the mountains and have never even seen so much as a squirrel. Plenty of swallows though, but nothing else.