As I walked out this morning, I thought I heard an oak-a-leeee! I stopped and listened, but heard nothing more. Could my imagination be playing tricks on me? But no, I spotted several red-wings, foraging along the riverbank! After a long string of March return dates, last year the red-wings returned in the midst of a February mild spell. We are again experiencing a February thaw, with the temperature today at 10 degrees celsius. Here is the record of past return dates:

2018: February 21st
2017: February 23rd
2016: March 6th
2015: March 21st
2014: March 15th
2013: March 10th
2012: March 3rd
2011: March 10th
2010: March 10th
2009: March 7th



Raising Readers


Here’s daughter Seabrooke, reading with one-year-old son Rowan, three-year-old daughter Coralie, and two-year-old nephew Everett. Books have always been important in our family. Now there is a new generation of readers in the making. Seabrooke went on to become an author! Her Peterson Field Guide to Moths of Northeastern North America was published a few years ago, and a new guide, Peterson Field Guide to Moths of Southeastern North America is set to be released through Amazon on March 13th!



Our special valentine, grandson Rowan, who is one year old today.


After the Storm

Sunday Snapshot: Noel



Noel arrived on our doorstep at Christmas last year. He had apparently been dropped off on our rural road in the middle of a snowy, cold winter, and been left to fend for himself. We brought him indoors, and as he showed no inclination to leave, we took him to the vet for a checkup: no microchip, but he had been neutered. He seemed to be about two years old, and was in good health. Noel has a friendly, outgoing personality and lots and lots of energy. He quickly became part of the family, and his orange coat matches the corgi, Pookie, who he likes to go for walks with, along with Splash. Here they are, in the photo below, out on a snowy day. That’s Splash, at the top left corner. He’s had enough of the snow and is heading home.



Little Red


January Steam Fog


Steam fog, also called sea smoke (or in this case, river smoke) or frost smoke, is formed when very cold air mixes with a shallow layer of saturated warmer air over a body of water. As the warmer air is cooled beyond the dew point, it can no longer hold as much water vapour, and the excess condenses out, producing a steam or smoke effect.