ready for Spring

Ready for Spring

Working full time as a baker at the Village Meat Market and baking bread for the monthly Winter Farmer’s Markets has spared me little time to write and create new blog posts.

Today I find myself with a tiny slice of space and time to put towards the task I’ve unfortunately neglected far too much this Winter: documenting the journey.

As I write this I am staring out the big picture window in the tiny house marvelling at the Killdeer.

Killdeer.jpg
By Alan D. Wilson – naturespicsonline.com (1), CC BY-SA 3.0, Link

Kildeer are a medium-sized plover, or wading bird that often find nesting areas in dry upland areas, meadows and agricultural fields.

They are a type of bird I’ve not yet seen at the farm.

We first spotted one solitary kildeer yesterday among the array of robins who were scooping up earthworms in a light drizzle.

I had no idea what kind of bird it was at first but then a quick search introduced us to this piper-like little runner that would seem at home on a sandy beach picking at mollusks.

Blackbirds Arrival

I really enjoy this time of year when new birds arrive. Some will stay and others will just be passing through on their journey further West or North.

We enjoyed seeing the golden finches, sparrows, nuthatches and downy woodpeckers all Winter especially at our feeder.

When the red wing blackbird makes its first appearance and call, that is something special.

“Red wing blackbird, flash of flame across your wing.”
“Red wing blackbird, let’s me know it’s Spring.”

Ready for Spring

It would seem that the birds, porcupines, raccoons and even most people in town are ready for Spring.

For the weather, it is not that simple.

Every time is gets warm it dives back down into frigid temps and for April 1st we ended up having 6+ inches of heavy wet snow.

I guess the weather is making April fools of us for such wishful thinking!