Have you noticed the subtle changes taking place? Sure, it’s 18 degrees out there and we’re supposed to get the first good snowstorm of the season – but there are subtle signs of spring about. The tufted titmice are singing. Not a lot, but every so often, the first bits of song can be heard, like the tinkling of icicles on the wind. The chickadees are a bit more vocal too. This morning, a downy woodpecker is drumming from the woods across the driveway.
The days are longer – it’s not dark at 5 pm anymore. Sap is running in the sugar maples. Mamma bears are nursing newborn cubs in the dens. Great horned owls are nesting. Other birds of prey will soon begin courtship and nest-building.
And, I talked to my brother yesterday, who lives in Naples, Florida. He said thousands of robins passed through Naples over the weekend – all heading north.
Sure, it’s only 18 degrees out there – but Spring is just around the corner. Life is good.