Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Things are slowly starting to happen...

The weather has been sufficiently wintry, but each day seems to top out above freezing, and usually above 40 degrees. It definitely feels as though winter's grasp is tenuous.

Saw mallard ducks over the weekend. Also juncos.

Also, maple buds are beginning to swell. Close inspections shows that nothing at all is popping out of them, but the clusters of red flower buds are now visible from afar. I wonder whether it is the noticably lengthening days or the first sixty-degree temperatures that prompted them to prepare for their March debut.

While I was out observing them, several chickadees (3?) gathered above my head and sang their characteristic song. I love them; they are spirited and smart.

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