Spring is when you feel like whistling even with a shoe full of slush. ~Doug Larson
Spring arrived almost a month late this year in northern Minnesota, but it is finally here! Some say is our payback for Spring showing up a month early last year, I am just glad it is here and to finally be rid of the snow.
Like any ordinary Spring, the birds were the first signs of its arrival. There was still snow when the birds arrived a week or two ago, so many of our summer bird residents were taken by surprise by the harsh conditions. Plus, they still had some competition for food from the winter birds that had not left to go north and the “tourist birds” that just briefly pass through in the Spring. The feeders were an extra busy place for a few weeks. As were the small areas of visible ground along the roads and a few patches in the fields – the birds had to hunt for food. One day, I caught a large group of bald eagles (4 adults-6 young) taking in a day of ice fishing through a hole on my icy, but melting lake.
The woodpeckers fill the woods with their drumming battles for territory and still are (my metal mailbox seems to be a favorite drum this year). The swans, ducks, loons and geese waited for weeks on the rivers for the ice on the lakes to come off … sending scouts out daily to check the lakes. They did an excellent job as the first day the ice was out on my lake the loons were down there singing (I love that sound).
As soon as the ice and snow disappeared, the first appearances of the hibernators began. Along the roads, the skunks and porcupines are currently looking for food. On the lakes and streams, the beavers have begun building repairs. In my yard, the chipmunks and my nuisance woodchucks (which I have complained about here many times) are nosing their way through the fall leaves looking for seeds and new roots. The goldfinches are gold again and the fly catchers have returned to their nest. The trees are full of bird song, the tree leaf buds are finally appearing in the much-needed rain we are getting this weekend. There are pussy willows of all sorts everywhere and patches of green grass. I saw a mosquito (just one) but, it reminds me that not all the parts of Spring are desirable
As you can see, there are still some sites that make the woods appear Fall-like, but they are disappearing fast.
Spring brings life back to the Northwoods … and brighter spirits! (The fact that school is almost out might have something to do with that, too. ) (More Spring Pictures – at my PhotoBlog – Bear In Sight)
Spring is nature’s way of saying, “Let’s party!” ~Robin Williams