Monday, April 23, 2012

The Sun Brings Migrating Birds and Flowers

Our quiet winter wilderness has become very
noisy lately due to all the migrating
ducks and birds. 
Our ponds, lakes, and streams are full of ducks and
geese looking for good nesting spots.
And...the air is filled with song!!!
It's a total rebirth for my soul!!

I went down to the Lagoon and took some beautiful
photos of the Canadian Geese that 
are resting before they fly on
to their summer nesting destinations.

The Sea Gulls have also arrived, they make such
a racket, but I love them.

I spotted this lone American Wigeon.  These ducks are among the
earliest waterfowl to reach their summering grounds.  They
usually lay about 9 eggs and forage on grasses and sedges.
They winter in Central America, the Caribbean, Northern Colombia, Trinidad and 
occasionally Venezuela so they have come a long way to reach the 
ponds and lakes in Alaska. 

There were of course a lot of Mallards around sunning 
themselves on the shore.

In the woods the Pussy Willows were starting to bloom.
They look so tropical with their
brilliant red stamens.  These stamens turn
yellow after about 24 hours.


On the forest floor the Caribou Moss is 
starting to find its way out of
its wintry blanket.

Now there are small mini micro climates popping up.  These small micro
climates are hosts to the
first real flowers of spring!

There are Sandhill Cranes foraging for food in snowy fields.
These birds use thermals to obtain lift when they fly, they can stay
aloft for many hours.  They travel from New Mexico.  Their diet is
the most varied among breeding birds.  They feed on berries, small mammals, 
insects, snails, reptiles and amphibians.

Down at the Lagoon the ducks and geese were busy jostling for prime resting and nesting spots.
Many of them will fly on to the Interior and the Arctic Circle, but some
will stay and make their summer homes down at the

They will have to fly over snow capped mountains in search of 
marshes to raise their young.
It's so exciting to have them back!!!  Without them 
it wouldn't be spring!!


  1. Thank you for sharing this wonderful wildlife lesson, your photos are beautiful, as usual. It is amazing that you could get such great close up them all! Have a nice week. xo

  2. Wonderful images.It is exciting to see all the birds making their way back north.I have never seen pussy willows with red stamens.Guess i don't see them at the right time.

  3. Chris - beautiful captures for sure. Crystal clear. I always enjoy your photos. Thanks for leaving comments at my site, too. Love and hugs. Karen

  4. I must say I'm in heaven with the snow almost gone.....yeah!