Friday, May 18, 2018

What a Difference a Month Makes

The weather in Wisconsin is a roller coaster ride especially in the spring.  One month ago on April 17, 2018 we had a big snowstorm.  Today is May 17, 2018.  We had a temperature of 85 degrees yesterday.  Thank goodness it's a little cooler today.  Our bodies can't adjust as quickly as the weather.

Because of the snow and rains this spring, the Fox River which flows past our property has flooded.  The water from the river spills into our marsh bringing a lot of water right up to the bottom of our hill.  Fortunately our house is on top of the hill out of harms way.  When I look out the patio door, all I see is water.

Before the snow a month ago we had some very nice weather.  A pair of sandhill cranes appeared to be making a nest on top of a muskrat house.  They worked for days at getting it perfect.

I don't think they were actually incubating eggs before the snow.  They disappeared for a few days and when they returned, the nest was completely under water and remains flooded.  All hope for seeing a newly hatched crane is gone.  Even the turtles are having trouble finding a place to sun themselves.

We have been blessed to see a lot of migrating birds.  The Baltimore Orioles usually show up on May 1 along with the Rose Breasted Grosbeaks and the Hummingbirds.  The Indigo Buntings are also so beautiful to see.  There are many varieties of Warblers, and other birds that are harder for me to identify.  I just know, I love spring for being able to see all the birds and their splendor.

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