Notes from the Island
Yellow crocuses are blooming near the screen porch and
the purple shoots of the bluebells are emerging from the
earth. The daylilies, daffodils and amaryllis are also
poking green leaves up through the soil and the spring
beauties should be out soon.
Today while canoeing I chased a kingfisher up the canal
and then I saw my first great blue heron of the year standing
in the shallows below Minnie's Island. And of course the
seagulls are still sitting out on the rocks and floating on
the river while mallards hide near the small islands above
Jack Colwell reports seeing Tundra swans up at Great
Falls. Each spring these large, elegant birds stop on
Broadwater for a few days on their way to the Arctic for the
summer and it is a spectacular sight to see them spread their
wings and take flight.
Our hybrid goose is not hanging out with the two white
geese much. He seems to have found a pair of Canada geese
more to his liking. Actually I suspect he likes the female
and wishes the male would disappear.
February has been another mild month and last weekend
was remarkably busy with members taking advantage of the
balmy weather to come and visit the Island. Al Brown and
Marty Burgess even hosted a small birthday party.
The flowers will start to bloom in March and the
Island should be beautiful. However, spring is also the
high water season and you might want to call ahead to make
sure the club has not been closed due to flooding.
-- Peter Jones, Sycamore Island Caretaker