Saturday, March 6, 2010

Looking for Spring

We took an early morning walk by the Connecticut River at the Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary in Easthampton. Arcadia has nearly 800 acres of mixed terrain - riverfront, vast meadows, forest, floodplain, swamp. (Note: you can click on the pictures and they will open much larger on a new page.)

As you can see, the river still has ice and the ground was frozen. When it thaws, it's very muddy.

We like going there at all times of year to see the river rise and ebb and to look for birds.

We saw Canadian geese in the water and in the air, crows, red winged blackbirds, ducks and bluebirds. Red winged blackbirds are a sure sign of spring. You usually hear them before you see them.

We could hear the ice cracking as we walked past. The air was just starting to warm up and the sun was pretty strong.

The trees are beginning to bud. The sky was cloudless.

This is a great place for walking, looking, feeling the open space.

We didn't see another person and we were out there for nearly an hour.

It was a nice start to the day.

I took only a few pictures before the camera battery ran out.

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