Gone are the big stacks of firewood and salt containers on the porch. The glider pillows have reappeared, and little seed packets are getting tucked into peat pots, hoping for a few good seedlings to go into the garden by May 1st. The grape jelly and oranges are out for the orioles to rediscover, and the hummingbird feeder just got its first syrupy infusion. Each day there are new bird reports of who spotted the first of a species. And, even if you have no use for a herring, it suddenly has become very important to know if they are running, yet. With some milder April temperatures, the perennial gardens seem to be in a race to see which plant will bloom first, and bare tree branches are suddenly bursting with buds, which please the birds, as they offer better camouflage from the hungry Cooper's hawk. This is Phase Two kicking in of life beyond winter, but only after the brave crocuses and snowdrops first tested the waters. Now each day through Fall will bring new discoveries of long ago plantings, revisiting as old friends.
|It gets very quiet when the Cooper's hawk visits.|
For some, Easter is a religious holiday, for others, it's all about finding hidden candied eggs, but for us, it turned into a perfect day to spend some pre-High Season relaxing time at the beach. As a kid, growing up two hours from the ocean, I always thought if I ever lived closer, I'd certainly be walking the beaches every day. I guess I hadn't counted on all that darned grownup stuff getting in the way, but we're vowing to do better this year.
|First Encounter Beach on Cape Cod Bay - our favorite.|
And, the fauna report wouldn't be complete without an update on whales. A researcher at the New England Aquarium’s Anderson Cabot Center for Ocean Life reported seeing 112 in one day. Scientists estimate that there are only 524 North Atlantic right whales left, so this sighting represented about a fifth of the world’s population.
Enjoy this aerial view: Return of the right whales
Next month...LOBSTAHS, or "lobsters" as the rest of you pronounce them.