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Signs of Spring?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous' started by Fitz, Mar 2, 2008.

  1. pklonowski

    pklonowski Unrepentant Canoeist

    Wood ducks & common loons seem to be stalled in their northward migrations. Oh darn, we get to see them for more than 30 seconds this year... :)

    Cormorants arrived. Saw one with a long grass stem in its beak, flying away to somewhere... nest-building? Sure hope so...
     
  2. Dave Osborn

    Dave Osborn LIFE MEMBER

    Ice fishing in a t-shirt with the Ferdinator! Geese, robins, herons, and sandhill cranes! The war against the savage winter is starting to wind down in the Northwoods. Spring is eminent!!:D
     

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  3. abhraxas

    abhraxas LOVES Wooden Canoes

    Great study in contrasts! I'm envious. Spring is full throttle in Missouri but we have yet to get near a lake.
     
  4. pklonowski

    pklonowski Unrepentant Canoeist

    Okay, that does it....
    I work for a large company, on a large (~2 sq. mi.) campus. Every spring, they spend a lot of money on landscaping, including spreading fresh mulch around everywhere. It gets delivered by dump truck, and is left in large piles all around the campus, for the landscape workers to spread by hand. The mulch arrived today, and you can smell it composting all the way up to the 4th floor, where I work.

    THAT makes it official... NOW it's spring!
     
  5. Benson Gray

    Benson Gray Canoe History Enthusiast Staff Member

    I have been in Atlanta all week which was is one of the reasons that I have been slow to respond to messages here recently. It is nice to see everything in bloom here now but hard to be going back to Maine today where there are still several feet of snow in my back yard.

    Benson
     
  6. Michael Grace

    Michael Grace Lifetime Member

    Well, back in south Florida, "Spring", if that's what you want to call it, occurs in January- the oaks don't drop their leaves so much as the new ones push the old leaves off the branch tips!

    So we've left the gathering summer and headed out to Arizona this week, and found Spring! We've been hiking through the Superstition Mountains east of Phoenix where the cacti, ocotillo, and creosote are in full bloom, and the nights are crisp (cold by our FL standards!). Not many opportunities for canoeing, but we found a gila monster and some rattlesnakes these last few days- fantastic!

    Michael
     
  7. john hupfield

    john hupfield fire starter/wood burner

    Better than frozen toenails

    Here in Parry Sound;Lakes are frozen.Creeks in flood.Lots of snow still in the bush but Spring Birds like Robins and Red Wing Blackbirds and Geese are back.My driveway is 6 inches of mire and 5 months of dog poop .Snowing today.Ah Spring!
    John
     
  8. Denis M. Kallery

    Denis M. Kallery Passed Away July 3, 2012 In Memoriam

    Sping here with Robins and Fox Sparrows and 8 inches more of heavy wet snow last night. Third storm this month. Ah! Sping in the U.P.
    Denis :D
     
  9. pklonowski

    pklonowski Unrepentant Canoeist

    Horned grebes on the lake today, and still the loon is hanging around. Tree swallows arrived as well, and are being VERY territotial about nest boxes that the Forest Preserve District put up over the winter.
     
  10. beaver

    beaver Birchbark CanoeingBuilder

    Drips

    Once again it's time to sit out in the woods and watch the sap drip from the maple trees. Warm days and cool nights makes it happen here in the Northwoods:cool:
     

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  11. dboles

    dboles LOVES Wooden Canoes

    There is enough snow gone at lower elevations that a person can poke around a little bit.Found one of these,will have to wait for more snow to go to look for the other side

    and believe it or not one of these ! 3 nestlings in there
    Dan'l
     

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  12. beaver

    beaver Birchbark CanoeingBuilder

    Nice find:cool:
     
  13. Kathryn Klos

    Kathryn Klos squirrel whisperer

    Great pictures

    Thanks to all who have posted pictures... most are very uplifting!

    I especially loved the little birds-- thanks!

    Kathy
     

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