Winter Lingers

The first green plants are starting to poke up from the ground. Yet, the temperature continues to dip below freezing at night, and flurries frequent the weather forecast.

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Hickory, dickory, dock

Today was time to bring the dock and barge back from the “mythical” south cove.  The floating dock and Yuck Finn barge spend the winter in the cove protected from the river ice.  Retrieving the dock and barge requires coordinating with the tides, timing the operation with

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Pied-billed Grebe

On a calm and overcast morning, the only stirrings on otherwise unruffled waters of the creek was a solitary Pied-billed Grebe, diving along the bulkhead.

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My neighbors

One of my neighbors made an appearance this morning after hiding away at home for the winter. My neighbor is a beaver and lives in a lodge catty-corner across the creek. Also, a male-female pair of mallard ducks are hanging out around the lighthouse again this spring.

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Thawing out

Air temperature: 58 degrees F Water temperature: 42 degrees F Wind: 20 mph, NNE Sunny. A few patches of snow remain along the trail, the last remnants of winter.

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What's in a name?

A friend of mine gave me the book Home Ground edited by Barry Lopez. It’s a dictionary of idiosyncratic American landscape terms. The definitions are written by a who’s-who of nature writers, so its not your run-of-the-mill dictionary. It’s an exploration and celebration of the way language

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Cormorants

This morning, two cormorants made simultaneous appearances after a winter’s absence. A Double-crested cormorant swam and dived in the river channel. The other cormorant perched atop channel marker #93 at the mouth of the creek. Yellow chin and white feathers on the back of its head. Eventually,

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Hooded mergansers

This morning, when I looked out the parlor window, several flashes of white on the creek caught my eye. I set up the spotting-scope to take a closer look. Hooded mergansers–eleven of them: five males and six females. Distinguished by their conspicuous white head crest, the males

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First paddle of the season

Yesterday, I had an errand to run to the sloop Clearwater. By dusk, the tide turned and pushed the remaining ice out of the creek. A strong southerly wind eventually calmed, so I decided to put the canoe in the water and paddle up the creek to

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