Good morning everyone! Happy Saturday! It’s another beautiful, sunny, spring morning. It is completely calm, what a time to be down at the river. No, I’m not there, going early in the morning is definitely not on my schedule. That would be a good time to meet the bear, and I really don’t want to do that. Still, it would be interesting to see what kind of action is going on down there on an early morning. I’m sure there would be much more going on than there is when I go after lunch.
I was at the river yesterday afternoon, it was so beautiful. I sat on the bench overlooking the water, there was only a light breeze that put little ripples on the river. Then it would calm right down, then the breeze would blow again. There were several mallard ducks out for a swim, 2 were sitting preening their feathers in a sheltered bay. The female was sitting on a rock and the male was standing on an underwater rock right beside her. It was such a tranquil moment watching them relaxing like that, the water so calm.
There was also a lone male common merganser over closer to the bench, but he flew past when he saw me. There was also several common goldeneye ducks across the river, too far for a good picture. I just sat enjoying all that was going on. A pair of crows are nesting in a tall red pine behind where I sit, not too far, but a little up on the hill. The female is sitting on eggs right now and the male made several trips bringing food to her.
Canada geese were honking away around the far bend in the river, in a shallow reedy area where they like to have their nests. There are actually several that nest in that bay. Then I went a little farther than usual, up a steep slope in the path to an area I really enjoy. It’s sunny up there, with a small clearing and a mat of pine needles several inches thick, making it so soft to sit or lie down and enjoy the scenery. Our first summer coffee post will be in that spot next week. Muffin is looking forward to seeing all her cat friends again and we both are looking forward to seeing all of you at our summer coffee posts, most will be in parks again this year, but I will try to add some other spots as well.
Back to the river now. After taking pics up there I came back down, which is like walking on ice. It is so dry here now and because of all the pine needles, they tend to slide while walking downhill. It was easy to see where people have slid and fallen on that steep slope. But I took it easy and stayed on my feet. I’m hoping next time to go even further to another favorite spot where I used to spend a lot of time a couple years ago. Back at the bench to relax a little longer, I really didn’t want to leave it was so nice. Then I heard a noise in that bay where the mallard ducks were before so I headed back that way, since it’s on the way home anyway.
I wasn’t quite careful enough I guess and scared a family of Canada geese that had been relaxing on shore, so they swam out a bit. Their goslings were still so small and it was obvious they didn’t want to go out in the deep water, too dangerous for their babies. So I just took a few pics and left so they could come back. They don’t like being in deep water as fish can come up and grab those little babies for a meal. Also snapping turtles are another threat, as are eagles, so staying close to shore is the best thing. But that was such a nice country pleasure.
Really, there were many country pleasures down there yesterday, the ducks, the scenery with all the new bright green leaves coming out, shining so nicely in the sun, the light breeze, the clear water, listening as the crow brought food to his mate. Then all the birds singing all along the river and the path. There were several song sparrows singing in different places along the shore of the river, they like being near water if possible. And so many different warblers are back now singing their bright songs high in the trees. They are among our most brightly colored birds, but they are small and usually stay high in the trees where I can’t get pictures of them. But it’s such a pleasure to hear them back again.
Solitude. That was a perfect example yesterday at the river. This is long today, my apologies, and I didn’t even talk about everything. Well, I hope you all have a most wonderful day and God bless!
Steve and Muffin.
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