Mid-March - some
species of songbirds have returned, including robins, red-winged blackbirds and
bluebirds; sandhill cranes can be heard in the wetlands; Canada geese and some
ducks may be seen on the lakes; and pussy willows are showing.
(photos by Bob
From the latter half of March through mid-April
flocks of ducks and other migratory waterfowl come
and go. Mallards, buffleheads,
teals, scaups, ring-necked ducks, northern shovelers, coots, grebes, and herons
are common. Other species,
including canvasbacks, redheads, swans, pelicans, and loons may occasionally be
seen as well.
Ospreys have been
sighted as early as April 10. Bald
eagles can be seen occasionally all year long.
Early wild flowers such as bloodroots and Dutchman’s breeches usually bloom
around mid-April, but are sometimes seen earlier. They are followed by trillium, spring
beauties, marsh marigolds, jack-in-the pulpits, and a succession of other
beautiful flowers throughout the spring, summer and fall.