On Wednesday I went to a friend's house along the river to see if we could see any geese or other returning birds. It was cold and windy (wearing sweatshirt, down vest, windbreaker and gloves!) along the riverbank but we were rewarded with seeing flocks of Canada geese.
The view is to the other side of the St. John River with islands in-between. I believe the above island is called Sugar Island. One can access the island by ferry only. The islands are very fertile so local farmers plant crops on them. They used to graze cattle on them for years but I don't think they do as much now, maybe because there aren't as many dairy farms in our area as there used to be.
You may think the tall white thing in the centre of the photo is a bird but I found it was one of many bird nesting boxes on the islands.
My friend said there are often Bald Eagles along the river and I have seen them in flight or in a tree while driving by so we were looking for an eagle sighting too. It wasn't until I got home and edited the photos that I saw a different looking bird on the island so I zoomed in and guess what?
It was a Bald Eagle! I was pretty excited to find this in my photos.
Such a dull grey and cold day.
Another group of geese are coming in to land. You can barely see them. Notice the redness of the buds in the tree tops. Soon there will be leaves. And soon it will be fiddlehead season.
Looking downriver you can see how the water has flooded the island. Once the water starts going down the fiddleheads will start growing along the shores and streams.
What are fiddleheads?
They are the tender green shoots of the Fiddlehead Fern that are a delicious spring 'vegetable'. I did a post about them here if you'd like to learn more about them and how to prepare them. I see that the year I wrote this post about them was 2012 and was early in the month for them but last year when the above photo was taken it was May 25th. I think 2012 was the year we had a very early spring. I guess that means the fiddleheads may not be ready for a couple more weeks.
Today is the last day of April and we in the Maritime provinces will be happy to see this month gone. It's been unseasonably cold, rainy and snowy and the weather is supposed to 'break' this weekend....maybe even tomorrow.....and it will be so welcome to have sunshine and temperatures in the double digits (above 50F).
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