Today is “Groundhog Day”.We make Groundhog Day into such a elaborate festival. We bother some poor old groundhog who only wants to crawl away somewhere quiet.I’ve even heard of a few expressing their gratitude by biting a few fingers & ears.
Forget about Groundhogs, if your really wanting to know how much Winter is left on the ticket,the animal you want are Trumpeter Swans!
They hang around here in quiet bays all Winter.Than they all seem to get a signal from somewhere & all take off around the same time.
I went out today with the intention of trying to find them? I noticed a few days before that I hadn’t seen the Swans in their usual spots? Well,it appears that they’ve all flown the coup! That can mean only one thing …………WInter is on it’s way out!
The Swans can instinctively feel things that we humans cannot perceive.Actually…….when I think about it,we’re just about the only animal I know of that cannot feel the season changes.Sure,we can see the leafs changing & feel the cold setting in,but we cannot feel these things in advance.
So,forget about “Puxatony Phil’s” prediction about another 6 weeks…….the Tofino Trumpeter Swans all say that Winter will soon be over!
UPDATE: Mother Nature has thrown a wrench into the works……….It’s snowing in Tofino this morning!