April 11, 2014
Five Signs of Spring in Northern Minnesota
1. American pussy willows are bursting with catkins. These are the true harbinger of Spring.
I searched for other buds on trees today but didn't find much.
2. Robins returned to us this week. In this case the early birds are not getting any worms. Our ground was still buried in snow cover when they arrived.
So, like the grouse I saw last week, they're resorting to sumac & things in the trees.
It's nice to see the flutter of activity.
3. H2O, in liquid form.
In our yard today, I kept breaking through snow into pockets with several inches of water underneath.
Our culvert opened up, water is rushing through it.
The pond is still frozen but has run-off accumulating on top of the ice - so the kids got a kayak out after school today. Never too soon to dip a paddle, I guess.
4. After a long winter, our Chiquita & Bandita have been laying eggs again!
In abundance. All these eggs are making me think of Easter.
5. We heard a frog this evening.
Not a full blown frog chorus yet. But a frog. It sounded like a tree frog.
Every year I document the first day or night when frog music fills the air.
We're running a little late this year, but headed in the right direction.
Wood frog, March 24, 2012 - (our earliest):
As for the kids - they are showing all kinds of evidence of Spring. Mud splashed up their backs from running up the driveway or riding bike. Increasing color in their faces. Beau's freckles are more dashing by the day. Bikes, scooters, fishing nets, shovels, balls, sidewalk chalk, hockey sticks, mudboots, wet shoes; these are everywhere. They're having a hay day with the longer daylight & mild weather.
Take a peek at April 19 last year.
We're making awesome progress.
Spring is good for us all!
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