It’s already an interesting year in the back yard and in the woods. I think I’ve mentioned that the chipmunks woke up in mid-February – the earliest ever! Usually, it’s a warm day in mid-March when they pop out and start to dart around. Too cute, with those little tails straight up in the air. Theirs and the wrens’ are always pointing to the sky. The goldfinches are ahead of schedule, too. Already well on their way to being gold again.
But the winter aconite (a January version of buttercups) are at least a month behind – just started showing off this week – and the snowdrops have sprung up fast, but still way later than the norm.
The squirrels have gone into hiding this morning for some reason, but the birds are all out and about. So there is a flicker on the patio eating the peanuts.
And the rain this week brought a usual small problem. One of the window wells for the basement always fills up with water when it rains, so I go out and bail it out. I was running late (I’m doing better – have got my lateness down to 3 or 4 minutes!), but didn’t want the water to get any higher. So I was done, and ready to head back into the house, put on good boots and get started on the rest of the day – when I noticed a small movement in the water. A worm caught in the flood. I decide I’m doing to ignore it – I’m late, it’s a worm. Got inside the back door and realized that rationalization wasn’t going to work. So I climbed down in, picked up the worm and laid him/her in the leaves covering the day lilies. Should have just given up in the first place!
Happy Spring, Every One!