Apparently the 21st of March is traditionally the first day of spring in the temperate zones in the northern hemisphere.
What ever day it is, it would seem that there are some things that would indicate that the season is indeed changing and we are beginning to move out of winter. Personally, some of those signs that have accured up to now have been:
- The gobblers (Wild Turkeys) across the road have been making courting calls for a number of weeks now.
- One evening when I arrived home from work last week two Saw-Whet Owls were calling from the back bush (11-03-11)
- The Corvid Switch. During the winter months the Ravens are quite present with their calls and flights. At this time of year the crows take their place. This also began last week.
- At the vernissage for the latest exhibit here at the gallery someone mentioned their maple sap was running
- Saturday last (12-030-11) the first Red Winged Black Birds of the season were sighted. Then again the next morning. This morning they were feeding at one of our platform bird feeders.
- The most recent development (a not too desirable one) are the Starlings and their spring time nesting site search — which happens to include the gable ends of the house