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Monday, March 25, 2019

And Suddenly, It's Spring!

March, usually the snowiest month of winter, was unusually warm and rainy.  Except for one blizzard that dumped more than a foot of wet, heavy snow, the temperatures have been in the forties and a persistent rain with warm breezes attacked what little snow we had.

I can't remember a year when the snow left so quickly and the ground was bare so early.   Well, not quite bare yet, especially where the snow was piled, but bare enough that I'm setting a record for the earliest date I've started picking up litter.

As soon as I finish this post, I'm heading out with grab stick, yellow bags, and safety vest to start cleaning up around Tern Lake.

Which brings me to the thawing ice around Tern Lake.   Waterfowl are returning to the patches of open water.   I suspect these are birds that stayed all winter rather than migrating.   Mostly likely, they were on the Kenai River in Cooper Landing, which stays unfrozen.

While scouting for areas to start the clean up, I found pairs of  common mergansers, the flashy Barrow's goldeneyes, and the ever colorful mallards.

So, here are the ph

otos as proof...and then I'm off!

A drake goldeneye

The hen

And the pretty mallards:

A hen mallard

The hen and the drake

And the common mergansers:

 Right now, these look like females, but as juvenile males often look like females, it's hard for me to tell.



  1. Well !! Allow the two of us to assure you that here, in Yakutsk Russian Siberia, on March the 27th Winter still rules. No rain, some snow flurries, and yes, well below freezing but wonderfully sunny and bright blue skies. Thanks for letting us know the Swans wintered over. Amazing. Do you think they 'knew' it would be a short winter? As usual great photos. Love the pair, bottoms-up, beside one another. Cap and Patti .. LOVING Russian Siberia.

    1. There are a number of swans that winter over. We see them here and there and when the lakes freeze, they find open water in Cooper Landing at the Kenai Lake bridge.