Really?

Posted April 18th, 2011 by kcorliss. Comment (0).

We are not in uncharted territory, or so the meteorologists tell us. No, it’s been this chilly before, even colder they say. Still, after bearing the brunt of a fairly harsh winter it would be nice for the weather to at least offer us a break.

I took a short drive Saturday and encountered several inches of snow and ice on the roads not far west of Fargo. Some roads were not even passable–not from water, but from snow.  Oh, there were also many many country roads with “road closed” signs. That’s from the high water and washouts.

The birds didn’t seem to mind too much. Most early migrants are well suited to handle such conditions. They’ve been there, done that, so this is nothing but a hiccup in their spring planning.

Yet it’s somehow disheartening (for me, not the birds) to see them standing in the snow. Here’s a killdeer atop one of the only snow-free spots around: a rail.

The story was repeated in my own backyard when I found the mourning doves fluffed up, preening, and looking generally miffed at it all.

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