Friday, April 17, 2015 7:24 am CDT

44 degrees F    Clear     Wind   Calm

Sunrise   6:25 am CDT     Sunset   8:01 pm CDT


Well, it looks as if we have had our morning 'swim by' and inspection tour by the loons.

A couple minutes after 7 am the loons came by the nest.

They swam around the nest several times and did some 'splash diving'.  But they did not get up on the nest.

"All in good time", I keep telling myself.  "All in good time."

But some days it is easier to believe that than others.

We want things on OUR schedule.

Nature does things on her schedule.  And no matter how much we want or wish, we cannot speed things up.  We are not the ones in control.  Someone Else is.

I also have to keep bringing myself back to reality and remind myself that one year ago we were still under a heavy blanket of snow.  One year ago yesterday we got over 18 inches of snow.  And the ice would not go out for another week.  And the year before, ice out would not be for TWO more weeks.

But I guess I will allow myself to be impatient.  After all, I am a human.  Not a loon.  And humans are known for being impatient.  Where nature and all God's wild creatures just roll with the punches.

So I have to look at the positive side of things.

Our loons DID come by the nest.  They DID spend a few minutes swimming around the nest.  They DID still show interest in the nest.

Those are all good signs.

I also have to remind myself that it has only been 10 days since they came back.  Barely enough time to get over jet-lag!

I also have to admit that with as little as they have been around the nest the last few days, I had started to wonder and get a little concerned.  What effect were all the fights with other loons having on their nesting behavior and ability?  Is that part of the reason for the delay in nesting?

I was very encouraged a few days ago when they had been on the nest and mated twice.  And then things really slowed down and we hardly saw them.  Although we could still hear the fights at night.

Once again it just illustrates how little we truly know about these beautiful and wonderful birds.

Just when we think we have them figured out, they do something for which we have no explanation or understanding.

So, once again today, we simply sit back and watch and learn.  Learn in wonderment at all that is happening.

And realize how little control we really have.

So why not just relax a little and enjoy the Wonders that have been given to us?


Copyright 2015     Larry R Backlund