365 Nature – Day 81

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Each day of the year I will post something here about nature. It may be any format, a photo, video, audio, sketch or entry from my nature journal. It could be a written piece. Each day I will connect to nature in some way and share it here by the end of that day. You can keep up-to-date by subscribing to the RSS feed or be notified by email. See all the 365 Nature posts.



Spring is upon us, which is certainly not obvious by looking outside today. As I found out on my walk today it’s wet, very wet. And yet, the signs of spring are all around. I was stopped on the floating walkway at the arboretum today by angry honking behind me and when I turned around to look I found a Canada Goose disagreement. One pair had sailed a bit too close to another pair’s territory. The owners of that patch of island did no tolerate it and when the angry honks didn’t stop the invaders the pair pursued them. It didn’t get very physical, a little bit of charging and wing flapping was all it took to send the other pair back the opposite direction.

In the same area, the swallows were back swooping over the bay again and while I watched a pigeon flew down and landed on the hand rail by me. It then hopped down to a wooden platform where it picked through some branches before selecting one and flying up under the 520 highway. With all the construction vehicles driving over the bridge I can’t imagine it’s a very peaceful place to build a nest.

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Kelly Brenner is a naturalist, writer and photographer based in Seattle. She founded The Metropolitan Field Guide in 2009 and has contributed articles to aincluding Crosscut, ParentMap and National Wildlife Magazine. She holds a bachelors degree in landscape architecture from the University of Oregon and a certificate in non-fiction writing from the University of Washington.

She is currently writing a book about urban nature to be published by Mountaineers Books in 2019.
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