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

Thursday, March 17, 2016

St. Patrick's Day--Look Who's Here.

Happy St-Paddy's Day! 

This date, March 17, marks the   much anticipated annual arrival of the Oystercatchers! The big funny clown-like shore birds I so love.

They always arrive from their winter homes exactly on St-Paddy's Day. How do they know? Yesterday, not a single bird, today I counted five pairs, including one pair who flew in from high above me, circling, circling, and then then landed here, on their beach.

Every year I head down to the beach on this day. I'm always so worried, so nervous: what if the beach is too different? The journey too long? What if the big trucks are too scary?

What if they have moved on?

But here they are. Like the first robin of spring--only beachy. My little friends...

They are very tired and very shy after their long journey from South America. I don't get too close, they need to rest and relax. So pix are a bit fuzzy.

Better forecasters than that groundhog guy! Spring is ''just around the corner". [snow this weekend though! My poor birds.]



gone to the beach...............