Thursday 26 March 2015

Signs of Spring...and Winter?

Just when you think spring has sprung, you get a late March snow shower to give you a bit of doubt! Today while doing field work down near Lake St. Clair, the flakes started to come down thick, covering the ground and making the roads slick.  The Tundra Swans are starting to return, and after work we spotted some 4,000 near Hillman Marsh.  Other highlights of the trip included Rusty Blackbirds, Lapland Longspur and a plethora of ducks and waterfowl.

The ice is starting to come off of the Great Lakes, although some bays are still really jammed up.

Down near Niagara Falls, the Tufted Titmice have started the nesting process and I saw several going in and out of tree cavities.  These are the famous birds of Dufferin Islands.  These cute little birds, the size of chickadees are still a novelty to me, having grown up in Southeastern Ontario where they are scarce.

Hang on! Next week they are calling for double digit temperatures!


  1. Still winter in Chatham-Kent! I will believe double-digit temps when they come!

  2. Ha, seems the forecast was a little premature!