At times I have described in my journal that the singing of the birds is
like a wall of song and with reference to the variety (and my lack of
recognition skills), “The bird song is akin to walking through a foreign
airport crowded with travelers and being able to recognize only a few of
June! Cheated of spring throughout most of May leaves us hungering for
green leaves and new life. A heavy snowfall on May 11, 2004, ripped any
hope of an early summer but that event did have an advantage. Anyone
with an active feeder will attest to the great variety of bird species that
stayed around to wait out the snow.
By the third week in May, the little snapper was a healthy but small specimen. It
would grow about 2.5 cm a year until it reached sexual maturity at 5 to 7 years.
After this the growth would slow to about 1.5 cm per year.
At the end of the first week of May an otter stepped onto the ice thinking to cross the expanse of the pond as he had done many times throughout the winter. He didn’t need a snow-covered hillside to slide upon; indeed, snow or ice on a flat surface—or mud for that matter—would serve just as well.
The winter had been long, hard, and cold, and April was more a part of winter
than spring. Little was green except for a few ground plants that hugged the
forest floor and remained green throughout the winter. Ice had disappeared
from the river and the larger bays but the smaller ponds were still locked under
an icy lid.
The best way to know what we can expect from any given time period is to know what
we experienced during this time period in another year. This week we are looking at the
last week in April and our reference is the year 1998.