With the arrival of spring we are finally gaining five minutes of sunlight a day and there are more birds showing themselves. There are lots of robins around, we hear varied thrushes calling at all times of the day, and there is even some bare ground (not bear ground, although we're keeping our eyes open for them, too!) showing.
There have been some Trumpeter Swans moving through the bay on their way north.
The river otters disappeared for a couple months, but lately we have been seeing our group of up to eight animals swimming around the bay and romping around on the dock (and leaving their calling cards).
We've been seeing more deer down on the beach as well, although with the snow melting, they seem to be moving farther back into the woods.
Spring has brought a lot more floatplane activity into the bay--there was one week when we had 5 planes come in, although most went past us and in to the state float at "town".
Spring also means it's time to start packing our things up and getting ready to head back to Sitka. We took advantage of one dry day to clean the chimney.
Spring also brings more vessel traffic. The USCG buoy tender Maple came into the bay for some R & R for the crew. They stopped by with a box of fresh produce for everybody in the bay (all four of us!).
Chuck and Rick heading out from the salt chuck, which has a narrow entrance, so must be negotiated at high slack. Chuck Norris was once here, kayaked into the salt chuck, and had to be rescued because of the strong current pushing against his bulging Texas Ranger muscles. How Many Chucks Can The Salt Chuck Chuck?
What would you do if you went fishing for halibut and only caught a Pacific true cod? (We ate it!)
This is a Sunflower Star (the world's fastest starfish) that we threw back from the longline. You can see Jen's reflection as she photographs it.
Chuck is allergic to cats, so I'll put an extra space here before these Cat Snaps. By the way, even though Jen never thought it would happen, Feral has fully recovered from her traumatic fur loss after our Fleas In Paradise episode. Maybe her plunge through the ice accelerated the hair growth.