Like many people in southeast Michigan, I’ve enjoyed the last few days of warmer weather and sunshine.
We’ve had temperatures reach the mid-50 degrees Farenheit over the weekend, it’s such a good feeling to have warm weather again!
Despite the fact we have snow mounds on our lawns and 10 to 20 feet tall snow piles in parking lots, spring is coming.
As a birder, I saw three harbingers of spring this weekend: the first-of-year Killdeer, Red-winged Blackbird, and Common Grackle have arrived back in southeast Michigan.
There’s no better way to notice spring’s arrival for anyone who lives near the Detroit River than to see ice sheets on the river slowly begin to shrink in size.
This weekend I saw Bald Eagles standing on the edge of ice as well as dozens of Ring-billed Gulls traveling downriver on slow-moving ice sheets.
While parts of the Detroit River were completely free of ice in the Trenton area, I saw ice sheet piles only a few miles upstream.
After our almost 22 inches of snow this month, I can say I’m looking forward to spring!