On Friday, there was an article in my local newspaper about the bird sanctuary lake in one of our parks, which this time of year is often invaded by a large number of whooping swans. Some people living close to the lake had been complaining about the level of noise made by the swans, especially in the nighttime.
To me, hearing the whooper swans honking high up in the air this time of year is a sign of spring. But then of course, not living all that close to the water, I only hear them now and then when I’m out walking, and I don’t have to listen to them all the time.
However, reading about them in the paper at breakfast on Friday morning, while still having my brother here (and it being a sunny morning), I suggested we might drive over to this park for a walk around the lake before lunch. So we did.
The lake was still frozen over, except for the bird sanctuary at the other end, where they keep the water open for the birds.
Personally I would not trust the ice now, even if there were still visible human footprints to be seen on it.
At the same time, plants (yellow iris, if memory serves me right)are now shooting up through it, eager to greet the sun!
Because the swans were making so much noise at the sanctuary at the northern end of the lake (where there are also people living nearby), they made another big hole in the ice on the other side of the lake (where there are no houses) – hoping to get the swans to spread out a bit. But of course swans do as they like, anyway…
Besides swans, there were also various kinds of geese and ducks enjoying the sunny (if still rather chilly) morning.
There are also a couple of Australian black swans in the sanctuary; black swans are not part of our native fauna here.
I may be linking this post to some memes coming up in the next few days: Through My Lens, Our World Tuesday and Outdoor Wednesday. You’ll find links to these in the list at the bottom of my blog.