On our second time back at Cavendish Grove this year, the gate was open for another season. Yay! Several geese families which return every year were settled in for another season and some of the frogs were singing as well. Spring! Besides, the return of the contrails overhead made it feel as if life was beginning to return to a semblance of normalcy after two long years.
We walked to the beach which is clear of snow now.
Along the way, animals go about their lives and if you take the time, you may see Osprey, Bald Eagles, Song Sparrows, Grackles, Gulls and Ravens, as we did. One of the gulls was playing, all alone, floating on the breeze along the shoreline.
The Ravens were especially interesting. They can be hard to distinguish from crows but are larger and have a fan-like tail. My husband found a large empty egg shell nearby and placed it on a post.
Before long, one of the birds checked it out. The Ravens obviously raid nests of the Geese and Ducks in the area.
Back at the Grove, we passed a Chipmunk, busy filling its pouches. It stopped to watch us for some time and eventually climbed into a hole in a tree.
My husband and I had lunch overlooking the water, listening to the peepers and the geese. This is our favourite picnic spot on the island.
There was a new resident at the Grove this spring. A muskrat was active in the water and on the islands. We identified an area which could have been its lodge
but before we left, it looked like a goose was moving in. I wonder if she was evicted.
A good landlord can make all the difference.