Was today Winter’s Swan song?

not double dipping

This morning, the weatherman said that as of today, no more snow is predicted for us this season.   I’m happy to hear that it is Winter’s swan song.

Whether we should believe any of the weathermen is debatable, since they all predicted a 1-2 inch snowfall last night. *

This morning I got up and switched on the radio to get my first news fix of the day and the weatherman said “oops – that predicted snow kind of fizzled out.”

So, I gained a bonus walk.

Oops indeed … it seems there are many oops when it comes to the weather, and that is why I told you recently that I wait to see what it looks like with  my own eyes, and then decide whether I will venture out on a walk.

We’re told that cold weather will prevail until the end of the month, but no more snow, so do I dare tuck away the shovel and hiking boots, or keep them within easy reach?

The swans are still present and accounted for, gliding gracefully down the Ecorse Creek at Council Point Park.  This one was in the wider portion of the Creek.

I watched from afar, camera in hand, enjoying the beauty of this bird.

I watched it take that first sip of water – the pause that refreshes.

spring the pause that refreshes

Then a  second sip, equally as tasty.

drink up.jpg

So why not stick your head and neck into the water and get totally refreshed?

no not an iceberg

A fellow walker by the name of Mike told me the end of April is when the cygnets are born and at John Dingell Park there is a cove where you can find swans with their babies.  Mama swans transport their cygnets by carrying them on their back.  I’ve only seen this in pictures before.  Mike goes to Dingell Park several times a week and promised to tell me about his first sighting of the 2018 cygnets, so I can hustle down there for a photo op.  Mike said once the silver bass start running, Dingell Park will be overrun with fishermen, so I best get down there sometime in April for a primo and unobstructed view of the cygnets.

P.S. – *  So go ahead and ask me what’s shakin’ … the weatherman DID NOT predict the earthquake that rumbled through here around 8:00 p.m. tonight.  I had just settled in to write today’s blog post and heard this long, low rumble which made the house shake.  I thought to myself “is that an earthquake?  Another meteorite?  Nah, it’s just a large airplane flying way too low.”  But, my first guess was spot on.  At 8:01 p.m. there WAS a 3.6 magnitude earthquake originating out of Amherstburg, Ontario which is 21 miles from here.  It was felt in all the Downriver cities.  I turned on WWJ and they reported calls from those who felt the ground shaking but no earthquake was reported.  Five minutes later a shallow earthquake was confirmed:

https://www.earthquaketrack.com/quakes/2018-04-20-00-01-35-utc-3-6-5

Those darn Canadians!  I say that tongue-in-cheek, because I am a Canadian myself.  So what is next?  A meteorite in January, an earthquake in April …. I think someone made Mother Nature mad!

About lindasschaub

This is my first blog and I enjoy writing each and every post immensely. I started a walking regimen in 2011 and decided to create a blog as a means of memorializing the people, places and things I see on my daily walks. I have always enjoyed people watching, and so my blog is peppered with folks I meet, or reflections of characters I have known through the years. Often something piques my interest, or evokes a pleasant memory from my memory bank, and this becomes a “slice o’ life” blog post that day. I respect and appreciate nature and my interaction with Mother Nature’s gifts is also a common theme. Sometimes the most-ordinary items become fodder for points to ponder over and touch upon. My career has been in the legal field and I have been a legal secretary for over three decades, primarily working in downtown Detroit, and now working from my home. I graduated from Wayne State University with a degree in print journalism in 1978, although I’ve never worked in that field. I like to think this blog is the writer in me finally emerging!! Walking and writing have met and shaken hands and the creative juices are flowing once again in Walkin’, Writin’, Wit & Whimsy – hope you think so too.
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42 Responses to Was today Winter’s Swan song?

  1. AJ says:

    Woah Mother Nature is scary in your area!

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  2. Rebecca says:

    Beautiful swans! I hope you are able to get pictures of the swan babies.

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    • lindasschaub says:

      Thanks Rebecca – I think swans are so graceful and beautiful, and up until a month ago or so when the two had climbed out of the water, I had no idea they were that large.
      I hope to see the swan babies too. Another month before the ducklings and goslings will be here.

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  3. John says:

    It’s time for spring weather to come. We’ve had over 70 ° F all week. But up the country there is still snow, but even there it is sunny and hot now. Swans is a beautiful and proud bird. We have many mute swans here, and they are so familiar with people that you can come very close to them. In one of my favorite places, Karpalund ponds, there have coming a new pair of mute swans and they are not use to people. One of the swans hissed annoying to me, yet it was in the water some distance away from me.

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    • lindasschaub says:

      They are beautiful birds John and I enjoy seeing them gliding down the Creek at the Park where I walk. I’m looking forward to seeing cygnets, even if I have to check out another park … I don’t see swans at Council Point Park on an everyday basis – it’s like the heron. Sometimes weeks go by and no herons. (Though I think they dodge me, if they see me coming.) .,.. I had no idea how mean they were til the one that chased me.

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  4. Bryan Fagan says:

    April is my favorite time of year. Everything wakes up. I live in Western Oregon and it is fun to watch the trees, the animals, even the people wake from a long winters nap. We all have a spring in our step. Even the pesky weeds.:)

    Love the pictures. Thank you!!!

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    • lindasschaub says:

      Bryan – I like April too as everything comes to life. Don’t you just love that first day you go out of the house and the trees have leafed out looking like a canopy over the street … the grass is green, the forsythias are out – it makes you feel alive, and, like you say – everyone has a spring in their step. I have seen no dandelions, nor forsythias which at least brighten the blah landscape … today was a gorgeous day. I walk in the morning and hated to come home. Glad you liked the pictures – those swans are so beautiful!

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  5. Iriowen says:

    Linda, I’m glad snow ❄️ is gone for good till God knows when in December. Is that the same swan from last time? What a gorgeous creature. ♥️

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    • lindasschaub says:

      Me too Iri – it was beautiful today when I was at the Park. I think there are a pair of swans that live at the Park, this was the larger one, thinking the male. This morning there were two walkers who told me they saw two swans building a nest yesterday. They showed me the nest. So, I am hopeful to see some of the cygnets at this Park as well. It will be a while yet. Even the geese don’t have goslings til late May, then suddenly you see goslings running around – so cute!

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      • Iriowen says:

        Omg! 😮 That’ll be awesome, I love goslings, they are the cutest.🐣 😍💕 Please Linda share their photos when those cute buttons arrive.

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      • lindasschaub says:

        I sure will Iri – I am looking forward to it. I like when they are walking around on the path. I’ll go to the Park, come home with 150 pictures of which maybe 5 or 10 are good, but you keep thinking “better take more in case they move” … they don’t move so much as the parents do – sometimes they turn around and flap their wings and hiss at you, even if you are just looking at the “family” … that’s okay. A mother’s love.

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      • Iriowen says:

        Oh Linda! 😊 Your description makes them even more adorable. 🐣 I have never seen goslings, but I know ducklings waddle all scattered behind their mothers, trying hard to catch up at all times. 😊

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      • lindasschaub says:

        Yes, they are fuzzy and adorable, and then you see them a couple of weeks later and they have grown into long-legged, boat-shaped bodies and they just grow in leaps and bounds. The ducklings don’t seem to grow so fast, but maybe it is because ducks are so much smaller than geese.

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      • Iriowen says:

        Oh I see! Ducks 🦆 indeed take a little bit longer to mature.

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      • lindasschaub says:

        I don’t think I have any pictures of ducklings from before because they are small and follow their moms in a neat little row and tend to swim along the water’s edge, so no good pics of them. I think I will go to Heritage Park in May and see if I can get some pictures there as they have all the ducks that lives on the manmade lake they have created. Here is a picture of the goslings taken last year. In the third picture down, you see how little and fuzzy they are, as opposed to up top where they are bigger and gangley looking.
        https://lindaschaubblog.net/2017/06/18/proud-papa/

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      • Iriowen says:

        Aww! Thanks Linda I will surely check them out. 😘

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  6. Uncle Tree says:

    No more snowflakes and no more earthquakes!
    Can we make a truce with Mother Nature and her blind justice?
    What do we have to offer in return, Linda?
    For no matter what we promise, She knows better than to believe us.

    Cygnets? Really? 🙂 They’re called cygnets? LoL
    I learned something today. Thank you! What a funny-looking word.
    Nice shots of the big white bird! Cheerz to the last frost, UT

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    • lindasschaub says:

      Uncle Tree – I hope there are neither flakes nor quakes! It was beautiful this morning when I walked. I went five miles and hated to come inside.

      I think I’m going to write a post about the swans again, as two walkers showed me their nest but the swans were nowhere close. I will keep looking for them, but at Dingell Park, there are more swans, and a better chance to enjoy those little cygnets. It is a funny-looking word, and that’s the word for swan babies. I like that the mom carries them on her back – have a look at this link from YouTube.

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      • Uncle Tree says:

        Oh, my gosh! 🙂 That is too sweet!

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      • lindasschaub says:

        I knew you’d like it Uncle Tree. I sure hope I can find some. I like how she “offloaded” a couple and they climbed back on again. 🙂

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      • lindasschaub says:

        Uncle Tree I’m going to “borrow” your sentence about snowflakes and earthquakes for Friday’s blog post title … it has a certain ring to it!

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      • Uncle Tree says:

        You have my blessing. 🙂 I kinda liked it, too.

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      • lindasschaub says:

        Thanks … I thought my original title was lame and this was more clever. Do you ever write something, publish it and a few hours later, you think of a catchier title, or you think or a better word or description than you have … at least we have the ability to edit our posts since they are not carved in stone.

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      • Uncle Tree says:

        Well, Linda, I pretend they are set in stone, and I abhor regrets, so I usually sleep on a post and title for at least one night. And, I always google titles, cuz I long to be original.

        “Beware of too much cleverness, Siddhartha.” Hermann Hesse

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      • lindasschaub says:

        Nice quote Uncle Tree … I usually decide my title while I’m out walking. Many times the blog is half-written in my mind as I walk home or drive home … there are more times I walk than drive. Sometimes I think I’ve got a catchy title and I search on my blog and find I already used it … oops! Then it is back to the drawing board.

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  7. Wow! I didn’t know that Ontario had earthquakes!

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    • lindasschaub says:

      Me neither – I was just as surprised as you. I live relatively close to the border and some parts of Downriver were just across the Detroit River, so a mere 2-4 miles away and they had rattling windows and dishes. I just had the long, slow rumble lasted maybe 45 seconds. I had just settled in to write yesterday’s post, and it was quiet – no fridge running, furnace not running … thought I’d lost my mind for a minute.

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  8. that quake was because all us Canuks were tired of winter & so we put our foot down!

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  9. Ellie P. says:

    Welllll I dunno about snow, but we’re getting gallons (litres?!) of rain now. (No, gallons sounds better!) But haven’t seen any swans here lately, you’re a lucky one! Love the ‘drinking’ sequence of pics, so perfect!
    I forget where you’re from in Canada, remind me…?

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