Signs of Spring
According to the local news outlets, our growing season is two weeks behind. We have had a long hard winterbut are finally seeing signs of spring. The ice at the mouth of the river is breaking up and we are seeing ice flows now. The tides are quite high and washing the ice out.
For the past week or so, Winks says she has been seeing deer at night and there is a lot of deer sign in the yard. The pasture mix is starting to sprout and we caught the deer out in the open during daylight. When we first saw the herd last year there was six of them. We had five fawns last summer and we heard one of the bucks was killed by a car. So if you count carefully, you can see eleven deer in the picture. Frodo is currently barking at intruders in our yard.
Eight in the Center
Three on the Side
It should be an interesting summer. I think that is too many deer to be supported locally. We saw them stressed last year when Bambette was pushed off by her mom.
The deer weren’t the only big game in town. Three Jakes (juvenile male turkeys) came to the feeder today as well. So we may be entertained by the turkeys again this year.
The other birds have been active as well.
Pair of Hawks
Hawks (Red Tailed Hawks?)
Piggy Birds-grackles and red winged blackbirds
Blue jay and Red Winged Blackbird
Mourning Dove and Red Winged blackbird
Finch beginning to turn yellow
Woodpecker and Finch
So the weather is gradually becoming more spring-like. We have even been getting Verdi out onto the three season porch when it is warm enough for him. The birds are starting to turn on their mating plumage.
There is hope for winter to come to an end-we are ready for spring. Wink is getting impatient to see all of those daffodils blooming. There are some bulbs coming up out front already.
Mark and Wink