The great migration is underway and several of our summer guests have taken possession of their nesting sites.
Much to my surprise, the Eastern Bluebird and the Indigo Buntings were the first to arrive. A pair of Eastern Blues is nesting in our orchard where they have claimed a well possitioned bird house for the third season.
Every Spring we scan the horizon for the big and lumbering flyers that confirm that the great migration is in full swing. As luck would have it, I spotted our first flock of pelicans circling over the house just yesterday.
I watched a flock of 15 pelicans slowly winging across the sky in perfect V-formation. It would have made a perfect composition, but lo and behold, the camera was inside. So I watched with pleasure as the birds tipped their wings toward the house as if in greeting.
According to a North American Indian legend, Pelicans foreshadow the arrival of the Humming bird. It is said that the tiny Hummers catch a ride on the backs of Pelicans. How else, it was believed, would it be possible for the tiny birds to travel such a long way from their winter havens in the far South.