Suddenly, spring is in a big hurry to get here. Starting Thursday, the temperatures have been up into the high 50’s, low 60’s. The sun is shining warmly, the birds are singing, and Denali is basking on the deck. The 2 feet+ of snow that is on the ground has been melting with force. Round Lake road is suffering a bit from the rapid melt.
The driveways and outfitting yard are clearing nicely. At first the melt was dammed in by the snow banks creating a slushy pond in the center. This morning things are looking much better. The mud is pretty thick but at least everything is flowing in the right direction now.
The Cross River, just down the road, is open and flowing down the center. The ice is still around the dock, but it is looking more and more slushy each day. The open water is attracting all sorts of birds who arrived looking for spring but are now forced to wait it out with the rest of us. So far I’ve noticed common & hooded mergansers, common goldeneyes, Canada geese, mallards, a kingfisher, bald eagles, and a turkey vulture all hanging out around the open water.
Round Lake is covered in watery slush. Almost a good foot of it. Ice reports in the area still are in the 20″+ range, but at least things are starting to move in the right direction. The snow may be in a hurry to melt, but the ice can’t be rushed. We still can’t tell when the ice will be out for sure. The forecast calls for rain and wind, both will help. If the temperatures stay warm, that will help as well. We need to wait and see how things progress, but it is feeling decidedly spring like around here! ~Rachel