Autumn is flying by at Nahant Marsh. Although the days roll by no faster nor slower than the usual pace, they do seem to slip away more quickly. The sun rises late, and nights grow longer. The green has been replaced by browns and golds, and the marsh is once again host to many bird travelers.
Serving as a rest stop along the busy Mississippi flyway, Nahant Marsh offers food and a place to nap and preen. All the usual travelers are there. Large numbers of mallards and wood ducks have been out on the water, busily snacking tasty morsels off the surface of the water. Other kinds of ducks have been seen enjoying the marsh, too.
Canada geese by the hundreds come and go every day as the autumn flies by. Occasionally I’ve seen a group of them accompanied by a single snow goose. I can’t really be sure if it’s the same snow goose and his Canada geese friends, or if there is more than one group of Canada geese traveling with a mostly white companion.
The daily arrivals and departures, with their lively sound track of goose voices calling and talking animatedly with one another, take place on a landscape glowing with brief autumn gold. The transient, fragile nature of each autumn’s lovely color means it changes quickly—even now it is fading, going brown and gray, as swirling leaves blow away in every gust of wind.
Autumn is flying by. Like the many birds, like the leaf filled winds, like the quickly changing colors, it seems that time is flying faster than ever, and will be gone before you know it.