Today (March 20th) marks the first day of spring this year. I got to White Rock Lake 15 minutes before sunrise to listen to birds greet the day. And was I in for a treat! I took short walks along Lawther Drive, parking in the small lots around the lake.
Dawn sky over White Rock Lake
I saw coots and mallards and wood ducks on the water. The male wood duck sports an aerodynamic helmet. Such authority. So cute.
I call this the chandelier tree.
My eyes were on the waterfowl, but chirps rained on me from the trees.
A red-winged blackbird drew me into a reed patch with its trill. No pictures of the RWB, but got a quick shot of two racing shells. Sidebar (book suggestion): The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown. Great read!
And then I heard honking in the sky. The unmistakable call of Canada geese! I looked up and sure enough, a pair!
See the two specks in the clouds about a third of the way up from the bottom and more than a third of the way in from the left? Canada geese.
I was definitely hoping I’d see Canada geese, but I wasn’t expecting to see them. So this was a bonus and I was content with the glimpse and the honks. I tried again to take pictures of the red-winged blackbird, but the reeds and the bird’s motion meant a few unusable shots. So I started walking back to the car when loud honking at the water’s edge stopped me in my tracks. I looked back:
Oh, hello … Canada geese. I can’t even …
I kept my distance to give them space.
Seconds later, they took to the skies.