Spring on the Red River – March 20/12

It was only a couple of weeks ago that I was thinking that people should not be walking on the Red River and suddenly there is no ice to walk on anyway.  It was obviously not very thick ice to disappear so quickly.

During yesterday’s walk with Chester the water was flowing with just a bit of ice floating along.

The temperature has dropped down from the mid 20’s on the weekend, but its still above what we normally have in March.

I have no pictures, but I’ve seen so many birds that don’t normally show up around here until April.

The Kestrals are back in the neighbourhood.  I think the parents and kids from last year are all here, so maybe we will have more than one pair nesting nearby as they set up their territories.

Hundreds of Canada Geese are back.  I have seen countless flocks going by.  I did try to get a picture of some of them, but I was in my back yard where there are just too many trees to get a good shot.

I saw a flock of robins fly by one morning when it was too dark to try to get a picture and have now heard them singing also – still haven’t had a good look at one though.

I saw about 6 Turkey Vultures flying high above the city.  I wasn’t sure what they were at first, but they were circling and just riding on the currents.  I could tell they were large birds, but it wasn’t until I got home and searched online that I saw a picture of a turkey vulture flying and I knew that’s what they were.  I have seen them before – but never in the city.

I can hear a lot of different birds singing, but have not been able to see what they are.  I hope all these birds haven’t returned too early due to this weather.

Anyway – I have pictures taken of the Red River yesterday morning.  The river is starting to rise, but I don’t expect much flooding this year.  I have no idea what the experts expect though.  🙂

March 20 - Big Tree Across the Red River
March 20 - Big Tree Across the Red River
March 20 Red River looking West (showing big tree, plus other trees)
March 20 Red River looking West (showing big tree, plus other trees)

You can see the big tree on the left is still well above the river, but some of the trees on the left are in the water.  I’ll get a better picture tomorrow.

March 20 - Red River looking South
March 20 - Red River looking South
March 20 - Red River looking North
March 20 - Red River looking North

Chester is still doing fine with the new combination of meds.  Its still early, of course – but with luck, we got it now.

Chester March 20
Chester March 20

So far on Africam today, we have seen Lion, Elephant, Giraffe, Skink, Waterbuck, Wildebeest, Hadeda Ibis, Zebra, Nyala, Impala, Blacksmith Lapwing and Giant Eagle Owl.  Click here to see today’s pictures.