I was out hanging my bed on the line, enjoying the sunshine, listening to bird song and I looked around and realized, “This is it! Spring has arrived!” It brought a smile to my face. Below are some of the things that assure me Spring has settled in.
The American Goldfinch’s mottled molt has gone from this…
to this, a bright, brilliant yellow.
The earthworms are up in the top layer of soil, churning away.
My Grape Hyacinths have burst into bloom. (Those little round lumps on the dead Hyacinth stalks are young seed pods!)
My late Daffys are blooming too.
My Lilac bush has begun to bloom, but this year there are only a small hand full of blooms. Did the late freeze kill them off?
Not to be out done, the yard is full of wild violets giving the grass a purple haze.
And where would spring be without the ubiquitous dandelion!
But you know what really nailed it for me today? The bold and sassy song of the male House Wren calling the ladies to come investigate his awesome abode. My son painted a small birdhouse many years ago and we hung it on our front porch. Every year since we have raised at least one, but often two, broods of baby wrens. A bold and curious bird, it has no problem setting up house next to us humans. The babies when they fledge will get into and all over anything we have on the porch. My houseplants have taken a beating some years when the babies decided they were ‘toys’ for their amusement. Say ‘Hello!’ to Mr. Wren:
Look carefully! You can see the a stick he is bringing to build the nest. But can you also see the sticks on the left sticking out from under the eves? He will push and shove some very long twigs until they snap or slide out of the sides of the birdhouse. When he’s done there will twigs sticking out of both sides. Male wrens will build a couple of nesting sites to offer the ladies. The female wren will decide which she prefers and will put the finishing touches on the nest.
Will this be The One? A female wren checking his work.
I hope where ever you are in the northern hemisphere, Spring is finally showing her face to you as well!