Last week, the eagerly awaited event finally happened – wait for it, wait for it – YES! There were robins shivering in the snow. And according to my observations over many years and in many states, that means spring is ready to arrive. Last year’s robins shivered in snow right around the same time (click here for last year’s actual pictures of the robins in snow).
There have been other signs of spring. Several weeks ago, a large flock (30 to 40) of cedar waxwings came migrating through, yanking red berries off from any hollies that weren’t already denuded. I saw a blue heron flying overhead already, although I don’t think I saw egrets. I think those were seagulls, which have not yet left to go north.
So last Wednesday looked like this – be sure to look for the beagle!
In anticipation of the snow, I’d brought home my laptop and some work. I had a very clingy dog due to problems with our fire alarm. For some reason, the sound just terrified him and earlier in the week, he’d breached the dog gates several times trying to get away from it.
So the easiest thing to do was to put the dog bed under the kitchen table where I worked. He was happy and I was comfortable. Unfortunately for him, there was the big eeew! factor of a tiny dog deciding he wanted to do this too. But the bed was big enough for both of them.
So go forward just three days and I went for a walk to the Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens. Although I started with my winter coat on, I quickly traded it for my lighter spring coat and eventually wrapped that around my waist to get it off. The sky was blue, the clouds were pretty, and although there weren’t a lot of flowers, I saw enough to enjoy my walk.
One little bird was singing away, his throat feathers puffing out each time he let loose. I thought it was a wren until I got home, looked at my pictures and realized it was a little sparrow. He was certainly vocal and warbled quite prettily.
And of course, I couldn’t help but go into the greenhouse to see what was there. It was a great way to end my morning and I thought you’d like it too!
Enjoy the rest of your week!
I am a backyard adventurer, philosopher and observer, recording my life in journals and photographs. Visit my blog at www.livingtheseasons.com.