I wiped away the weeds & foam. / I fetched my sea-born treasures home... Ralph Waldo Emerson

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

More Oystercatchers

Hi everyone! It's April! The big scary trucks have gone. [I think]. The piping plovers should arrive this week, now that things have quieted down.

I know, I suppose, that the big trucks perform a useful task, cleaning and smoothing the beach, but their presence is kind of intimidating. They go back and forth, at high speeds and I don't think the drivers really look out for or expect people to be walking around the beach when they're working. And I don't think I could outrun  them. Squish! Ooops?

The oystercatchers don't like the noisy trucks either. You may recall I said that once they arrive they rarely fly, but on Monday they were whirling around in the air, quite upset. They wheel out over the ocean, squawking loudly, but not louder than the trucks.

Back home the pink sparrows are back. There's always six of them, and they perch in the ugly locust tree every spring. I don't know if they nest here or move on , but they come every spring. (Yes I know, they're house finches, but we've seen them for years and call the pink sparrows anyway.)

Mr Mockingbird is looking handsome. I hope he finds a mate this year. I see him peeking out of the rhododendron near my front door.

The ice has melted on the koi pond....

All nine of the fish are there and moving around more. Most are orange, one is polka dotted, one is mostly white. I'd guess they're maybe 8" long?

And one tiny guy is, um, I think---a  goldfish! He never gets bigger, but he seems happily adjusted to life with the big guys. [orange dot, just above center/right]

I never see the owners of the koi pond. Mo and I just peer into their yard, fascinated. Maybe they're summer folks? Or work in the city? Too bad they never get to enjoy their beautiful koi and pond

Any signs of spring in your yard? Robins and snowdrops? Crocus, daffs?

See you soon!



gone to the beach