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April 2012 Archives
The first rays of light have peeked through the early morning sky and I eagerly watch my feeder for furry flying wonders. My cat begins to attack the window in a continuous failed attempt to catch the squirrel that torments her a foot away. I stare at the feeder and await their arrival with a full cup of freshly perked coffee and binoculars in hand.
Over 40 years has passed since the first Earth Day took place on April 22nd, 1970. Gaylord Nelson, then a U.S. Senator from Wisconsin, announced a national teach-in day on the environment to the national media. In 1969, a horrific oil spill took place off the coast of Santa Barbara California and Nelson was outraged by the devastation and Washington's political disinterest.
The beautiful weather that has shined upon our landscape has also caused dry conditions across our Nation. Several towns, villages and cities are experiencing low waterways, dry landscapes resulting in burn bans and little precipitation within their forecast.
The Black-capped chickadee (Parus atricapillus) is a common bird in the Adirondacks. It flew to my feeder, with such a bounce and acrobatic flight that it instantly drew my attention. This small bird is rather spherical in shape and has a prominent black cap and throat patch, white cheeks, greenish gray back and beige flanks.
Daffodils have a beautiful bell, bowl or disc-shaped structure that is surrounded by a ring of six floral leavels.
They brighten up the countryside and neighboring homes to welcome in the season of Spring.