Spring is slow to come to this little Island. At the best of times, we are surrounded by ice and the North wind from across the gulf keeps the renewed strength of the sun at bay. This year, it has been complicated by an accumulation of snow in excess of 500 cm (and more forecast to come) and snow on the ground in record amounts for this time of year.
We are still seeing some of our winter visitors but are looking forward to the arrival of some of those birds returning from the South.
So in search of signs of spring, last Sunday I took a drive up to the Tryon area. The Tryon River usually is a draw for any Canada Geese in the area. A couple of farmers in the area spread cull potatoes in the pasture there and that typically attracts the Geese. Last Sunday, I found a few.
On Friday, I followed up and the numbers of Geese had grown greatly.
I was also able to see a couple of Northern Flickers along the way and we have also been seeing reports of First of Year American Robins, Common Grackles, Red-winged Blackbirds and Fox Sparrows. You can see those on
Finally, a shot of another of the locals. Looking forward for more to come. Maybe some Warblers?