Anticipation

In all deference to my Eastern blogger friends, I found it a little disappointing to return from Santa Rosa only to discover that the beguiling songs of the Song Sparrows

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have only coaxed a green bud here or there,

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though saltgrass and pickleweed have finally begun to emerge on the mud flats.

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Canada Geese have begun to pair off, but winter browns and whites still dominate the landscape.

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However, mall flocks of shorebirds, like these Dunlin

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are beginning to appear on Theler’s wetlands, suggesting that the great Spring Shorebird migration can’t be too far away.

What do you think?