Thursday, April 3, 2008

Red-Tailed Hawks Return

The red-tail hawks are back from their winter in the south, slowly pushing out the rough-legged hawks. The robins are back, too; when the snow falls, they revert to their winter behavior and congregate in flocks. Bird song once again announces dawn, at least when it isn't snowing. The catkins, clumps of tiny red or crimson flowers, are coming in thick on the female aspens. The chives in the garden are the only green this early in the season; chives are notoriously hard to kill, so I like them in my gardens even though I object when the kids eat some because they end up smelling so strongly of chive.

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