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Friday, March 4, 2011

Spring is in the air!

Spring is around the corner and I'm so excited. This is my favorite time of the year! Every thing starts blooming and the critters start building their nests and "claiming" their territory. We are so lucky to have such wonderful and beautiful wildlife just outside my back door.

The Great Blue Herons have started nesting. We have a rookery on an island
just as you enter our cove off on Old Hickory Lake, which is part of the Cum
berland River in middle Tennessee. Last count there were around 50 GBH.

Sharing the rookery with the GBHs are the Double-Crested Cormorants. They are back this year in large numbers - at least 50 so far, and nesting along side the GBH.

Wood ducks have also returned this year and hopefully we will see babies swimming around the cove in just a few months. I counted 7 pairs on the north side of the cove, along with some single males - probably looking for a mate.

The Canada Geese are also returning and looking for nesting places. We usually have a pair that will build a nest on our shoreline. If we don't have high water we are able to watch them care for the eggs and protect the nest, and maybe even see the eggs hatch. Unfortunately we usually have high water during nesting time and the nest is washed away. Sure wish they would nest a little further up on the shoreline.

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