9 March 2014
It is finally starting to look as though spring really will come this year and Miriam and I took a spin along some of our regular routes through Waterloo County. There is still lots to post from my trip to Ethiopia but I thought I would squeeze in a report from our local patch.
Blue Jays Cyanocitta cristata have been more plentiful of late and certainly more vocal. This bird wasted no time in feeding on a little seed we strewed on top of a post.
The fields, still snow covered, were alive with Horned Larks Eremophila alpestris as migrants are arriving in large numbers to join the hardy individuals who have wintered here.
A quintessential sight in this county is a pick up hockey game avidly contested by opposing teams of old order Mennonite men and boys. These fellows were a hardy lot, playing in shirt sleeves. You will notice the strict segregation of men and women in the second photograph with all the women seated together off to the right.