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Sequential Signs of Spring

3-4-16 black bear 353

Most of the spring signs we’ve started to see have feathers on them – eastern bluebirds, common grackles, turkey vultures, killdeer, American woodcock, eastern phoebes – but there are others, as well. Eastern chipmunks are active and black bears have been sighted. New sounds as well as sights are greeting our ears: woodpeckers are drumming, saw-whet owls are calling and tufted titmice are singing. Sap has started to run and buds are soon to swell. Seasons, such as the winter we’ve just experienced, are subject to more and more dramatic changes but the relatively consistent and orderly fashion in which spring always announces itself is reassuring as well as exhilarating.

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15 responses

  1. Daphne

    How fortunate we are to live where we do. And thank you, Mary, for opening my eyes to see things I might never have noticed.

    March 8, 2016 at 8:14 am

  2. Doreen Morse

    Great picture of the black bear…did you take it this year?

    March 8, 2016 at 8:35 am

    • Yes, in early winter, before it went into hibernation, and after I started feeding the birds…discovered my sunflower seeds. It was a yearling (note big ears) and was very curious and came quite close.

      March 8, 2016 at 3:59 pm

  3. Rita Pitkin

    A lovely post. Every year the unfolding of spring is a wonderful adventure!

    March 8, 2016 at 9:01 am

  4. k

    That is one extremely handsome bear!

    March 8, 2016 at 9:38 am

  5. I so agree with your ending sentence, about the reassurance (not to mention the exhilaration!) that comes with the remarkable resilience of the natural world, as flora and fauna follow their familiar seasonal patterns, in spite of whatever our actions may throw their way.

    March 8, 2016 at 9:59 am

  6. Cordelia Merritt

    Great photo – and what a good reminder of the cycle of the seasons, Spring version. Thank you. Cordie

    March 8, 2016 at 10:04 am

  7. Kathie Fiveash

    does this mean we should start taking in our bird feeders at night?

    March 8, 2016 at 10:13 am

  8. Viola

    Amongst your many other talents, Mary, you have the ability to state happenings like the coming of spring so beautifully.

    March 8, 2016 at 10:52 am

  9. Dr Jo


    This is a lovely entry.

    Driving from Thetford to Burlington yesterday I saw several relatively low-flying wedges of geese and heard their calling. While just north of Burlington I also heard a couple of teams but didn’t see them. I was wondering if they, too, were harbingers of spring.

    JoAnn Berns

    I found this on wikipedia: << The collective noun for a group of geese on the ground is a gaggle; when in flight, they are called a skein, a team, or a wedge; when flying close together, they are called a plump. >> It had a citation I didn’t look into.


    March 8, 2016 at 1:09 pm

    • Yes, the number of Canada geese is starting to swell – it peaks the first two weeks in April.

      March 8, 2016 at 4:05 pm

  10. Exhilarating is the perfect word to describe it! Great bear photo, Mary!

    March 8, 2016 at 9:49 pm

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