Seasonal observations of an ever changing coastal landscape 
by Bold Bluff host Tamar Griggs 

Spring Equinox March 20

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Date: 31 Mar 2004
Time: 06:32:24


March 20 was the Spring Equinox, when we have 12 equal hours of daylight and 12 hours of night. Day and night balanced for a breath-taking moment! And Spring has suddenly clammered out of winter's cold to display the lace-like green of Indian Plum, willow, red current, alder and young maple flowers. The daffodils are out along the edge of the blue shiney cove, and the orchard is a heavenly scent of pink and white plum blossoms. The bees are busy in the heather, and the skunk cabbage way out in the swampy woods wafts acrid scents if the wind is just right when you walk through the woods.

Thw Bald Eagles have laid their eggs. Mama sits on them for the next 36 days. I always thought that Mama and Papa shared the task of keeping the eggs warm, but one eagle biologist (David Hancock) recently said that Mama does the majority of the sitting while Papa brings food to her in the eyrie high up in Doug Fir trees. There are 7 - 9 eagles sitting on our bluff each day: both adults, with snow-white heads and tails, and young, all chocolate brown or speckled as they grow into adults by the age of 5 years old. What a magnificent sight they are, especially when they perch on the dramatic mossy rocks of Bold Bluff.

The lambs are frollicking in the Burgoyne Bay Valley, wagging their long tails and bleating - surely this is Spring on Salt Spring Island!

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