It has been a long, cold winter, but dark nights and icey grey days are slowly giving way. Yesterday was the first day of spring; the vernal equinox. Yesterday, there were as many hours of light as there were hours of darkness. From this point until June 21st, the days will grow longer; there will be more hours of light with each passing day.
The air is still cold (-5 degrees C yesterday) and the ground is still frozen, but it is light until 6:00 in the evening, the snow has melted from the ground, and the rivers are swollen from melting snow.
The birds are returning. Canadian Geese fly noisily in formation overhead. Turkey Vultures circle the escarpment with wings spread wide. Hundreds of iridescent Grackles swarmed the trees beside the river for a day last week. The Swans, Mallards and Canada Geese have re-appeared in the harbour scouring the shoreline for food. American Coots, Hooded Merganzers, and Pie-billed Grebes feed in open water on the edge of the marsh.
The birds are staking their claims from tree-tops to marsh reeds. They are honking and singing; feeding and nesting; pairing and mating. The world is full of life once more; it is full of colour and sound and activity. It is Spring!!
- The Vernal Equinox: Spring Begins Today (donnallong.com)
- Vernal Equinox Marks First Day of Spring Today (space.com)
- Spring arrives, sort of (insidehalton.com)
- Spring, delayed. (lusaorganics.typepad.com)
- A Very Vernal Equinox To You (mothergoosesmiles.wordpress.com)
- Spring Equinox Arrives Tomorrow, But Where Is The Warm Weather? (wjla.com)
- Celebrating Ostara (naturalpantheist.wordpress.com)
- spring is sprung! (tingilinde.typepad.com)