It has been warmer this week, double digit temperatures and sunny days. Spring! Here, we measure early spring by the snow on the ground and ice in the harbour. Both are taking a hit this week. The boardwalk is more exposed each day as the snow melts.
More water is showing through the harbour ice every day as the ice melts too. Before long, the ice will be broken up enough so that a strong off shore wind will take the ice out to sea.
People walking the boardwalk have spring in their step as well. Everyone comments about the beautiful weather. We are enjoying every minute of the spring melt.
The birds along the boardwalk appear to be enjoying the warm weather too. Their voices are raised in chorus, the year-round Blue Jays and American Crows are joined by the newly arrived Mourning Doves
and dozens of Song Sparrows.
You can also hear Red-winged Blackbirds but we haven’t seen them yet. A small flock of European Starlings watched the proceedings from a lofty perch above the entire scene.
The stream was partially frozen one day and two American Black Duck were back checking out the area again. They appear anxious to be back home.
The next day, the stream was open and the muskrats were out and about too.
The Red Squirrels are busy as always. They approach walkers, expecting peanuts or other seeds or chase each other around the area.
Before long there will be new members of the community as mating season is on the horizon.
Meanwhile, the forecast is for 30-40 centimetres of snow on Friday. That too will melt!
The temperature has stayed warm. The snow has been replaced with rain, such that now we have a heavy rainfall warning.