The Channel

It was the geese that I heard first. A few days ago, I could hear the Canada geese after dark ……. somewhere close. Lots of them, probably hundreds of them. And I knew that the middle channel of the river would soon be open!

It always starts upstream when small creeks and tributary rivers melt and the water current flows wildly towards the larger Rideau River. About a month ago or so, I noticed the Kemptville Creek, a.k.a. the South Branch of the Rideau River, completely melted and rushing through town towards the Rideau River. The temperatures spiked slightly above normal ~ around 5 degrees celsius (41F) ~ about three weeks ago and that started the big melt. Then it got colder, much colder, below normal colder and stayed that way for a couple of weeks – actually until now – slowing down the melt quite a bit.

When I drove to town, I noticed that the middle of the river ~ the Channel ~ was open at the bridge at Beckett’s Landing!  Hurray!!  I knew it would only be a matter of time before I saw that little sliver of water at my place. Each time that I went into town, the channel was open further and further towards my place. A few days ago, I noticed that it was within eyesight of my house! Yeah!  The anticipation of this ‘right of spring’ was so exciting!

Channel

 

This morning when I awoke to the sounds of hundreds of Geese and other spring birds, I was delighted to see the open water, even through the fog and rain! Canada Geese rested along the edges of the ice after their long journey from the south. Some of them were swimming delightfully in the water.

The Channel being open is THE sign that spring has REALLY arrived! It’s the promise that winter is behind us even if we do get more snow. It means that the ice at the edges of the river are melting and letting go and embracing spring. Buds on the trees are waiting to burst; spring tulips, daffodils, and crocuses are poking their leaves out from under the slushy snow. Red-winged Blackbirds are arriving back to their homeland and Bluejays are coming out of the forests.  Yesterday, Nellie thought she heard a bullfrog.

Today, it’s only a sliver of water that’s open. But within a few days, the rest of the ice will let go and my Lake of Shining Waters (read about it here) will be exposed until the end of the year!

My 'Lake of Shining Waters' , Rideau River

Ahhhh, spring!

 

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. fred schueler
    Mar 28, 2018 @ 10:32:23

    really variable degrees of open water on different streams: 26 March 2018 – Ontario: Grenville County: Oxford-on-Rideau: Co Road 18/Middle Creek. 44.89865° N 75.68608° W TIME: 1016:00. AIR TEMP: 1°C, sunny, breezy. HABITAT: slow creek/pasture/Red Maple swamp. OBSERVER: Frederick W. Schueler, Aleta Karstad Schueler. – creek open with skim of ice 1 m into open channel. As usual, an exceptionally lovely scene.

    moved 351m NE – Kemptville Creek/Co Road 20, 0.1 km SE Co. Rds 18 & 20. 44.90086° N 75.68290° W TIME: 1016:20. AIR TEMP: 1°C, sunny, breezy. HABITAT: swamps & marshes along slow brownwater creek. – Creek is frozen over and solidly snow-covered except right under the bridge, where there may be open water or a skim of dark ice.

    moved 20.5km N.- North Grenville: Highway 416/Rideau River. – 45.08261° N 75.63849° W TIME: 1033. AIR TEMP: 2°C, sunny, Beaufort light breeze. HABITAT: grassy superhwy roadside/broad weedy canal/river. – river frozen over & solidly snow-covered except central 25% of the channel which is snow-free & frozen over with black ice.

    moved 21.5km NNW – Ottawa-Carleton Region: Highway 416/Jock River. – 45.24846° N 75.78067° W TIME: 1033. AIR TEMP: 2°C, sunny, Beaufort light breeze. HABITAT: slow river with wooded shores under superhwy. – river open, variable snow in nearby fields.

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  2. Rod Sinclair
    Mar 28, 2018 @ 10:39:58

    The hundreds and hundreds of geese flew over my house a couple of weeks ago from the east, seemingly landing just west of Barrhaven. I’m just glad they don’t poop and fly or we would have had a few centimetres without a doubt. 🙂

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