The last ten days of April are now over, but they didn’t disappoint. They are known to be the birdiest period of the spring migration on Padre Island’s remote stretches, and this year was impressive. The barn swallows have been migrating north along the foredune ridge every morning for several weeks, throughout the day. They have been quite numerous, and extremely noticeable. The North flows and East flows that have come through have brought quite a few rare birds to the beachfront as well. The prickly pear cactus is in bloom, and spring is in full on effect.