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  •  Everything is happening so fast here (12+ / 0-)

    that I can't catch up, much less keep up.  Aargh.

    Report of a new owl nest in one of the public places on the Forest peninsula. Perhaps not a barred owl but a barn owl, which would be a first. I've been checking it daily and haven't seen any activity yet, but will continue.

    Met a young woman who has been monitoring the Wetland since she and her family moved in nearby last October. Our schedules have been such that we only met today. She'll be keeping track of the dragonfly populations over the summer - I'll keep in touch with her. She also said that the chorus frogs have been very vocal at night recently. Sweet.

    Crow nest in the cedar tree out in back. Mom cries in a pathetic way during the day.

    Cottonwood fluff is just beginning to fall at the Wetland; none yet in the Forest or along the lakeshore. I think of cottonwood fluff time as the time when I will see the first Osprey of the year. No Osprey over the house yet, but one of the Marina occupants said yesterday that he'd seen at least one a couple of times over the last week. The Marina is 6 blocks down the hill from the house. Soon.

    Mama Canada Goose was still sitting yesterday. Two weeks ago there was a second nest across the little bay and on the gravelly shoreline. Bad choice of location - the lake level has risen since then and flooded out the nest. Two Killdeer suggested that I move on when I tried to find the remains of the flooded goose nest.  I did, but plan to watch from a respectful distance from now on.

    First Mallard family of the year at the Wetland pond today.

    Seattle.

    I came for the politics and stayed for the science.

    by bwren on Tue Apr 23, 2013 at 07:19:15 PM PDT

    •  Well, that's a nice mouthful of news from Seattle. (8+ / 0-)

      Thanks, bwren...I like it.

      Warning. Possible wildfire trigger.

      My memories of cottenwood fluff from the old days of patrolling the campgrounds at the end of May, often ended horrifically scary and surprisingly funny in the end, after everyone had recovered from their initial primal screams.

      In spring, a campfire spark would ignite drifts and piles of dry fluff throughout the cottenwood forest and all hell would blaze up for less than 20 seconds per campsite, traveling throughout the whole campground and into the trees overhead, blazing and sparkling and then it was over with no person or tent being harmed in the wild display.

      Scary, but harmless, in a wet spring. After awhile, it was easier to bring the firetrucks around and wash it all down before the busy weekend.

      I always figured people needed a little 20 second excitement in their lives while camping in the woods. They had something to talk about for a whole week or more. But, that's just me knowing about cottenwood fluff and campfire sparks.

      My apologies for the memories I might have awakened.

      I love nature, science and my dogs.

      by Polly Syllabic on Tue Apr 23, 2013 at 08:45:44 PM PDT

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