Wednesday, March 23, 2011

It Is Official, It's Springtime!

And de la Houssaye's Swamp Tours has been booked solid for weeks past and I am presently making reservations as far in advance as June.

As of March 20, 7:21 P.M. EDT spring is on the calendar.

Signs of spring are everywhere, such as the leaves of the Bald Cypress trees are refoliating. These conifers who have been bare of leaves and gray with Spanish Moss all winter, are now turning emerald green as seen below.

And for weeks now the White Ibis have been flying into the rookery to roost every evening.

If you would like to experience the daily flyover at Lake Martin Landing

it occurs right before the sunset,

and I would guess we have 15-20 thousand White Ibis presently roosting in the rookery at Lake Martin.

I have not seen this many White Ibis since around Y2K

If you would like directions to Lake Martin Landing, this link will take you to my main site with address, GPS coordinates and written directions from Interstate 10.

The four photos below are courtesy of my good friend Claude Nall.

I have been seeing flocks of Black Bellied Whistling Ducks and this seems really early, but hey, I am not complaining. The last half of winter this year has been spring like almost every day.

Of course the Great Egrets are the dominant species for the moment,

and soon the smaller members of the Heron family will be arriving by the thousands

to fill out the rookery in all of its splendor next month and into May.

If you would like to join me for swamp tour, you can visit my new website at for information on making reservations and check out the links to my favorite blog posts of the past.

Just in case you don't want to leave this page for more info, you can call my cell phone at 337 298 2630 and I would be glad to talk to you.

I am Marcus de la Houssaye, le maitre'd du bayou!

Isn't spring time wonderful in Louisiana?