|Invite Your Buddies to March Madness|
|Keep a Comfortable Distance From the Pond|
|Ready a Chair Under the Apple Tree|
So all you NCAA basketball geeks, step aside. Go eat your nachos and have a beer at Sweet Lous, Laughing Dog Brewery or your own neighborhood pub.
This March Madness is for bird nerds!
Grab the binoculars, camera and the crew. Set up at your favorite viewing spot with an optional beverage of choice (water is wisest, but coffee warms hands on a cool day).
Here on Elmira Pond a chair beneath the old apple tree is best. It isn't too close to pressure timid visitors, yet it is perfect for binocular viewing.
This year I'm inviting my fellow bird nerds to learn about the Big Migrators to or through Elmira Pond. I've tossed in a couple of Wild Cards. "Team Crows" are not migratory, but they take an increased interest of the pond with new visitors. "Team Cat & Crew" are my companions to witnessing the March migration.
A few words about weather in Elmira. Located 17 miles north of Sandpoint, ID and about 45 miles south of the Canada border, we are part of the Inland Northwest and derive enough moisture to grow conifers up to 180 feet tall. We get six seasons: rainy spring, spring, summer, fall, rainy fall and winter. The two rainy seasons are vital to the forests, valleys and waterways of northern Idaho.
|Inland Northwest Courtesy of Wikipedia|
Many of the migrators coming from south of Idaho are in serious drought. Rivers are trickles, lakes are dry beds and there's not enough snow pack in the mountains to help with the coming summer. At first I thought our migrators were showing up early because it's been milder this last bit of winter, but it could be that drought is pushing them north at a faster rate.
If you are a backyard birder, leave a comment about what is happening in March where you live, and whether or not you are seeing any unusual activity. Please take time to read the posts linked to each "Team" below and then come back and vote for your favorite.
|Team Canada Geese|
|Team Cat & Crew|
|Team Hooded Merganser|
|Team Tundra Swans|
Once you've read about each team, take this survey to cast your vote! Thank you for joining me in March Madness!