We had a great start to the weekend (my weekend starting on Sunday)! The sun was beautiful — though I did see someone who was perhaps wishing that there hadn’t been quite as much snowmelt. A young Snowshoe Hare still in winter white seemed to be keeping to the remaining patches of snow. He stuck out like a sore thumb whenever he moved between one patch to the other.
Some other sightings where the return of the Turkey Vultures. It is a real pleasure to watch these soaring birds including the Red-Tailed and Rough Legged Hawks (maybe the hawks where keeping the Snowshoe Hare on white!), come back at this time of year. A Northern Harrier also made a show low over the back fields.
Alas, the weekend (Monday) did not continue as it began! The flurries and wind drive rain as continued intermittently into today! The Red-Winged Black Birds with “It won’t be looooooooooooooooong” did not seem to be put down by it. All the other birds on Monday morning seemed toconcur with their enthusiasm.
So to work on that positive note set by my avian neighbours I thought of words of by those who have much more experience in this region and its climactic vageries. “Wet snow, rain and wind at this time of year helps melt the snow.” …………”Wet snow in spring helps draw the frost out of the ground”…….(and then of course) “April’s showers means May Flowers”.
So we keep looking at the “signs of spring” and hoping for sun and warmth……………..or maybe I am still one of April’s Fools