While Nemo didn't impact my area winter is still holding us in its icy grasp.
A wood duck nest box sits empty, suspended over ice covered water
However this will all change very soon. This photo taken on February 22, 2012 was my first migratory waterfowl encounter last year. Upon checking back through my records I find that Red-winged blackbirds usually arrive in my area during the last two weeks of February and are soon followed by a progression of waterfowl species. While the lakes can hold ice longer, wetlands are usually thawed by the first week of March and waterfowl will arrive as soon as the water is open.
First migratory waterfowl encounter of 2011. This photo was captured March 4th.
While spring doesn't officially arrive until March 20th this year those that are attuned to natures cycle know that wildlife will begin reacting to the change of the season very soon. It's time now to check out the spring photography gear for with only a couple of weeks to go the wonder of the spring migrations will be upon us here in southern Pennsylvania.