If you had asked me about spring three weeks ago, I would have sworn it was early and we were going to have a hot summer. But then we got two bitter cold snaps that blew through in the shortly after.
And with the temptations of spring around the corner, I spied Zorro flying around the river about ten days ago. He didn’t quite settle into our nesting platform right away. One day I saw him on it eating a fish and I went down and grabbed a few pictures. He didn’t like it too much and quickly flew off. Afraid that I scared him off and he would chose another place to establish their summer home I lowered my hopes and waited to see what happened.
A winter storm quickly followed with below 20 degree temperatures. Surely Zorro was smart enough to go back south a bit before returning. Now spring has been delayed and Facebook reminded me last week that Zorro and Esperanza were busy making a family. So what was to happen.
The worst of the storm finished on Sunday afternoon and first thing on Monday morning, I saw Zorro on the nest and he had started putting sticks on it. Of course, having a nice stick buffet for him to select from on the lawn certainly gave him a head start.
This morning before I left for the day, I saw Zorro again working on the nest. Upon my return this afternoon, lo and behold Esperanza had arrived ! She immediately settled into her summer home and was sitting there awaiting Zorro to serve her once more.
She didn’t even pay attention to me when I went to document her arrival, but I didn’t overstay my welcome. I stayed hidden and took a few shots and then left. The love birds celebrated their reunion later on as I watched from a distance.
So very exciting that once again Zorro and Esperanza’s story continues at the manor.