Thursday, May 22, 2008

Wintry May Morning...

Ducklings All In A Row Click on photo to enlarge - © 2008 jim otterstrom

A female Mallard and her nine youngsters swim against a light snow early this morning as Peggy, Dallas, and I walked along the southern shore of Stanfield Marsh.

If you look closely at the enlarged picture you'll see blurry streaks of snow, blowing from left to right, and a few snowflakes decorating the feathers of the ducklings.

It was 30° in our yard at 7 A.M. today with light to medium snow flurries which are projected to increase through tomorrow and taper off Saturday.

We usually get a spring snow somewhere near Mother's Day so this is nothing unusual for a sunny Southern California in the spring, at 6,750 feet above sea level anyway.

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Blogger robin andrea said...

Nice to see those nine little ducklings and their momma, but in the snow? That's seems a bit chilly for late May. But I guess at that altitude, it's not a complete surprise.

7:48 AM  
Blogger Linda Navroth said...

You go, Momma! I hope all nine ducklings make it to adulthood! Life is so very hard for birds.

Nice photo, Jim!

6:54 PM  
Blogger Birsen Şahin said...

May and snow? Unbelieveable! Nowadays in Turkey is app 30 Deg Celcius (very hot)

Jim and Peg, nice that you're back.

2:25 PM  
Blogger Tabor said...

Wow, nine! And I thought I had my work cut out with only two to keep track of.

9:43 AM  
Blogger gfid said...

one of the best things about spring is all the irresistible babies everywhere. no ugly ducklings!

12:03 PM  
Blogger Jim said...

Hi everyone-

Thanks for dropping by.

We're back to spring weather now...

...and yes there's new life everywhere.

Earth Home Garden is alive with birds, flowers, squirrels, toads and insects. Rooster a'crowin', hens a'cluckin' & veggies a'growin'.

Busy, busy, busy...

11:01 AM  

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