Spring can't be too far off - the snowbirds are leaving. It's gotten eerily quiet around here the last few days. Most of the cranes and snow geese wintering here have left for their northern breeding grounds. I only realized how accustomed I'd become to their constant chatter in the valley when it stopped. Now that I no longer feel compelled to be out taking their pictures, maybe I can get caught up on organizing and sorting the many thousands I took of them over the winter and get a few more posted here.