It was only a matter of time. Spring has arrived, in the form of returning migrant birds and budding flowers, and it's at this point that I can honestly say that even I was worried. I embraced winter, but when snow fell on March 14, a bit of gloom crept over my thoughts.
But the snow didn't stick, which was a good thing, and it allowed us the chance to get out and think about things like the Pembroke Herring Run, and the fact that the fish – the few alewives left – are starting to think about their return.
We know that fact because spring migration is already in motion. Tree swallows returned this week, like this one staking out a nest box at the Burrage Wildlife Management Area in Hanson. Red-tailed hawks are already on nests, and one Carolina wren has already been reported to be sitting on eggs in Massachusetts.