We were away for part of March, so the bird list has a few gaps in it, and there aren’t many photos to share. This provides us with an opportunity to ask readers for some feedback on our monthly natural events posts.
We started this series many years ago with several goals: to help us track observations and changes in our surroundings, to demonstrate that farming can happen in concert with environmental awareness, and to engage customers in the natural context of their food’s source. We hoped we would gain and retain customers who wanted to support farmers who paid attention to the natural world, and weren’t “just” farmers. Putting these posts together, though generally enjoyable, does take a fair amount of time and focus. It’s not clear to us how many customers or readers really value the result. We can keep track of birds, photos, and observations off-line, too, so if there isn’t a concrete value to the extra work of packaging these data onto the web, we’re questioning how or whether to keep doing it. So we’re interested in hearing any feedback on the content, format, or value of these posts to anyone who’s reading. Comments or emails are fine. In the meantime, read on for March 2015.
March transitioned, as we would hope, from early snow & ice on the ground to a clear progression of spring by the end. Cedar pollen began producing with a vengeance:
And soil life, like grubs and earthworms, began stirring to life.
While we decide how to proceed on these posts, here’s the bird grid as usual. The effect of travel shows up clearly, as we (and our farm-sitters) mostly recorded the most common birds, and few of the unusual or rare ones that pass on occasion. Noticing these takes a regular presence on the land: working outdoors, taking walks, etc. Oh, well.
|Greater White-fronted Goose||xx|
|American White Pelican||x|
|Great Blue Heron||xxxxx||x|
|Great Horned Owl||xx|
|American Tree Sparrow||x|