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    Signs of Spring

    I know spring is well under way in some places, but of course is still a chancy thing here in Massachusetts. Yesterday I saw not my first robin of the season - that showed up during that warm patch in January, and looked pretty miserable through much of February, but a whole mess of robins for the first time.

    What heralds spring for you, and what have you notice, or are waiting for so far this year?
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    Karen, there is one type of robin which remain here all winter; I wonder, since you saw it in Jan, maybe it was not one of the migratory ones?

    Heralds of Spring: I saw a HUGE "V" formation of Canadian geese traveling north, honking up a storm, on Thursday morning when I walked out to get the newspaper. They were quite high up, definitely in long distance mode, ha haaa. Must have been 50 at least!

    That afternoon I saw a smaller group of 6 flying low and south; they were just moving from one golf course to the other for lunch. Since we have quite a few here all winter, that is not a sign of Spring.

    Many of my bulbs - daffs, hyacinths - broke ground in late DECEMBER, so now I can't even say THAT means Spring is coming, lol.

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    I've been hearing more and more birds everyday, and not the winter residents that stick around. I was listening to the doves cooing a few days ago.

    I guess when I see the daffodils and crocus and hostas break thru the ground, then I'll agree that Spring is here.

    So what's in our forecast for Wednesday???? - snow, and it could be a sizable amount. I got tired of waiting for it all Winter, and now I don't want it!
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    My tulip leaves and lily leaves were coming up before they got buried by a foot of snow. I'm hoping the will revive when the snow finally melts.
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    Pitchers and catchers reporting for spring training.

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    We've had daffodils blooming and even some trees with flowers on them. I don't believe spring is here until I see leaves on the weeping willow trees. Today I saw my first ones!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Freedom View Post
    Karen, there is one type of robin which remain here all winter; I wonder, since you saw it in Jan, maybe it was not one of the migratory ones?
    I doubt it, it showed up out of the blue that warm patch in January, looking exactly like the ones that migrate, just off schedule by a couple month. I tried to tell is visible grass didn't mean worms were present, just the now had melted. The ground was still frozen an inch down, and the worms were all deep asleep!

    It look completely miserable, feathers puffed against the cold and out of place, pecking at seeds amidst the tidy little juncos after the snowstorms!
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