On a below zero morning I heard my first sign of spring. Who was calling in the cold?
cardinal and “fee bee” call of the chickadee
I was skiing and heard the drumming of a downy woodpecker in the distance.
First chipmunk scurrying around. My dog was very excited.
I saw and heard three flocks of geese fly overhead and I could feel the winter chill loosening its grip.
The sweet song of bluebird was a welcome sound.
The cooing of a mourning dove (March 23rd)
Vultures circling on their northerly migration (March 23).
(March 23rd). first killdeer
A great blue heron flew overhead.
When I heard the first robin singing from the trees, it put a smile on my face (March 26th).
First female robins return on April 17th.
Male redwing blackbirds returned and were singing from the cattails (March 26th).
It was a short maple syrupping season, only a few days.
I saw my first wood ducks checking out the pond near my house.
April 7th first 60° day
Mourning cloak butterfly. One of the few butterflies that over- winter.
The chorus frogs started singing two days ago. If you listen to the recording, you will hear the chorus frogs and the “clucking” of the wood frog.
April 13 – First Wild Leek – A blessing to see something green emerging from the earth.
April 20th Flicker Calling
May 1st First painted turtle
May 5th American toads start singing