This must be the week of flights across the Gulf of Mexico. This morning the Orchard Orioles are here, and the Great-crested Flycatchers too. They join the Prothonotary Warblers and White-eyed Flycatchers that came a couple days ago. It feels good to know that the cycles are in order and the world is working as it has for a long time. Both the sun and the birds disappear, one once a day and the other once a year. Today we know they will return. We take them both for granted. It was not always so.
The river is at 16.7 feet on the Butte La Rose gauge, rising to 17.7 by the middle of next week. There is still nothing above Memphis, so the rise we have will not be sustained beyond a week or so. Still, this is plenty water, another foot and our deck will be under.
Rise and Shine, Jim