The Wearin’ O’ The Green

Tis St. Patty’s Day it is! It be the time for the wearin’ o’ the green and this fine lad from Eastwood twas sure agoin’ with the flow!

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As I pass the hours watching Jim and Cindy’s Treetop Palace marking the days of incubation, it is becoming hard to miss the fact that all around Eastwood nature is joining in the emerald celebration. Like a secret smile from a very old friend, here and there you can catch a glimpse of the growing joy!

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Like a whisper that is more seen than heard the message of promise is perceived.

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That green promise of hope and new life is hidden everywhere. It can be found deep in the recesses of a barren woodland, bobbing peacefully atop the water or even under the glassy surface of a babbling brook.

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And all around us our feathered friends are joining in the merriment!

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But it’s not all green. Fresh feathers of every hue flash from tree to tree and adorn the barren branches with splashes of color that explode in the stillness.

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Even the drab fences and overhead wires that scar the beauty of the countryside hold colorful reminders that the stark days of another winter are rapidly fading into the past and something new and fresh is on the horizon.

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The brilliant palette of spring is overflowing onto the canvas of life! It is welcomed. It is  warming. It is enchanting. It is a brief but much-needed interlude in the Song of the Wild, a song that is restorative and encouraging as we listen with our eyes. Can you see the melody?

As we pass through the next 11 days or so awaiting the pipping of new life in our nest, the profusion of colorful notes will steadily swell in spectacular grandeur. I hope you too will be carried away by the beautiful strains of adventure as this new season unfolds. And it all begins with a quiet overture arising from the solitude through the wearin’ o’ the green!

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Published in: on March 17, 2016 at 2:05 pm  Comments (20)  

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  1. Thanks for this joyful celebration of spring and new life.

  2. Love your photos. Too bad Montgomery county doesn’t want to maintain a camera at Eastwood. So grateful for your words and beautiful pictures. Thank you.

  3. Ah, Jim, you did it again! Those lyrical, magical words of yours turn my face into a smile that will last all day.

  4. Absolutely beautiful Jim! As usual, you nailed it! Gorgeous photos and I’m so thrilled to see that out nest is holding up under these winds of late! Jim and Cindy are looking great as usual! Can’t wait to see how many lil bobble heads start poking up down the road! Thanks for the update! As always……Opal! Blessings!!!

  5. THANK YOU SO MUCH JIM

  6. Your pictures are beautiful and your description of the arrival of spring has to make us all smile!!! I notice the birds singing in the mornings and their activity has increased. Such a pretty time of year and exciting for our eagles too. Thanks for all you do to bring smiles and beauty in your writing to all of us!!!!! Polly.

  7. Jim, you always paint such a beautiful picture for all of us, but this one is special. It is such a lovely sentiment and the accompanying pictures are perfect. Jim, there is one thing I have missed however. I must have dropped off the face of the earth for awhile. HA! I did NOT know we had eggs in the nest. That’s exciting! How many eggs do we have? Do we have a better chance of seeing them this season? Thanks for the great blog and for keeping us apprised of Jim and Cindy’s comings and goings.

  8. Thank you Kay. I should be seeing baby ground hog groups and new, wobbly fawns soon! I’m glad the joy came through.

  9. Thanks Patricia. I miss our eagle-cam coverage too.

  10. I like smiles Carolyn and eagles always make me smile (as do most things with feathers or fur). Wildlife is what it is and does what it does with no hidden agendas. I like that too!

  11. I can’t wait either Opal! Exciting times ahead and each year now more of Jim and Cindy’s past eaglets will be paired up and looking for territory of their own so I hope some of those past bobble heads return!

  12. My pleasure Diane. I’m glad you liked it!

  13. Thanks Polly. I love all the mating plumage flitting around out there! It is like someone threw a big box of Crayola crayons into the air and the all grew feathers!

  14. Thank you Sandy. There are eggs up there (at least one) and they should start hatching around the 28th. The eagle cam project has officially gone kaput but we will provide pictures and information here as best we can. I am glad you found something special in the post. Spring is full of anticipation, wonder and new beginnings!

  15. THANK YOU AS USUAL, JIM. IS THAT A SPARROW HAWK IN ONE OF YOUR PHOTOS? I LOVE THEM BUT SELDOM SEE THEM ON THE UTILITY LINES ANYMORE. RESCUED ONE YEARS AGO AND SHE WAS CRIPPLED, AND I THINK FOR ABOUT SEVEN YEARS WE WERE BUDDIES. SPENT MANY AN EVENING WITH HER SITTING ON MY SHOULDER WATCHING TV. A HAPPY BIRD, AND MY FAMILY REALLY ENJOYED HER. NEVER RECOVERED BUT LED A PRETTY LONG LIFE. DAVE MUSSELMAN

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  16. Hello, I recently was driving along the Ohio side of the Ohio River (Rt 52) and spotted a nesting eagle fairly close to the road. Very visible with the naked eye. It’s located in Brown County near the water treatment plant. Thought you might like to take a ride there on a sunny day and take some pictures. Thank you for your postings and pictures. We enjoy them. Nancy Shartle

  17. Thank you for all the wonderful comments and photos. I haven’t seen anything about the new hatchlings yet.. am I missing something?

  18. I just posted the announcement Saundra. Things have gotten hectic out there. Thanks for checking in!

  19. The bird is an American Kestral Dave, and you are right. They are sometimes called “sparrow hawks” because they will prey on small birds, but in reality they are not hawks at all, but falcons.

  20. Thank you Nancy. It is exciting to watch the eagles reclaim territory that was their habitat for centuries. I will have to keep my eyes open the next time I venture down there. I am glad that you enjoy the postings>


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