Spring has finally sprung
Well no wood work or any kind of work for the next little while , it's time to sit back and watch the show. It started yesterday, the largest Raptor migration on the planet and it's all mine for the watching. The first to arrive from down south are The Golden Eagles, yesterday I counted 143 flying past my office window between the hours or 3:00 and 7:00 pm. During the next week their numbers will only increase as they head to their nesting grounds up north. The Golden's will then be followed by the Bald Eagles who being fish eaters for the most part have to wait for the ice on the rivers and lakes to breakup, they will then be followed by the lesser Raptors like the Red tailed and Sharp Shined Hawks and they in turn followed by the Falcons and Kestrels. Then between the first and the fifth of May will come the Vultures, sort of the cleanup brigade.
It's a good time of the year, the winters back is broken and these magnificent creatures herald the coming of summer with their arrival.
I live on the edge of a large valley and it's fascinating to actually be able to look down upon these fantastic birds as they ride the thermals traveling hundreds of miles in a day without a single wing beat. They are truly masters of the air and it's good to see then again.
Retirement is easy, but You really have to work at it.