Mulling things on my morning ramble
with Storm, the family's mixed Lab.
A flash of white and brown disappeared around the corner of the town pond. My eyes are less than they once were, so I assumed it was a rabbit or maybe an evil feral cat.
Then they floated past. A Canada goose pair looked to have about three or four goslings protectively hidden between them.
I knew things would be early. This is more than a week early from last year. I first spotted goslings last year on April 28 on the town pond.
A week or so early seems about right for goslings. Our youngest son spotted our family's first goslings on Sunday on a pond we passed on the way home from church.
Last week, Kankakee birder Jed Hertz reported his first goslings on IBET, the Illinois birders list. Hertz, a meticulous record keeper, said they were his earliest goslings by nine days.
That seems about right for our historically early spring.
Now if only I could be as fortunate with finding morel mushrooms and wild asparagus early, too.
Neither of my two prime morel spots have produced anything. And I have checked several of my asparagus spots without success.
That will change. Spring comes on.