These shots are all from the 'trail camera' we have rigged at the deer feeding station. Take a look at how the snow retreats from the first shot on March 14th to the latest taken this morning.
I was coming back from a meeting in the village late this afternoon when I looked across one of the marshy areas along the road and spotted these Tundra swans. They were a good way off - this shot is the extreme of the telephoto on my Coolpix P7000. Since I take all my photos at high resolution, I was able to crop the shot to give you a better look at them. You can tell a Tundra swan from a snow goose by the black beak.
Unfortunately you cannot do this identification when the birds are directly over your head, so I guess I will never know which type of bird were the four that glided across the trail just above me the other day, heading for, I guess, our neighbour's beaver pond. My impression was simply that they are really big birds.
I now have over a dozen croci and squilla out in the border and the heat wave (thanks, Texas, I guess) is predicted to continue until the weekend. At supper JG counted six or seven mosquitoes on the screen next to where he sits, staring in at him.