We got another sunny day on Monday, so I headed back to Belfair. There are lots of non-native plants blooming in my neighborhood, but you’re never sure Spring is really near until native plants like Skunk Cabbage
begin to appear in the wetlands. Of course, there were only two, so it might merely be a sign of individual fool-hardiness.
Still, the Song Sparrows seemed convinced Spring is near because they were serenading loudly,
trying desperately to drown out rivals and Marsh Wrens
which seemed equally intent on staking their claim to some small part of these wetlands and finding a mate.
Luckily, they don’t have to compete directly with the larger and louder Canada Geese who have begun to pair off
and claim the best nesting sites.
There may be some Winter left, but I’m not the only one anticipating Spring.