Sure seems like spring

 We didn’t really have winter so you probably didn’t notice signs of spring in the Poconos.  But the birds and the critters sure did.

 

It was gradual, for sure, but the birds are changing. Just like the leaves change in autumn, the birds at the feeders are different. Two weeks ago I noticed goldfinches at the feeder on my deck. They weren’t bright yellow yet, but sure enough they became regulars. Then the grackles started coming in force. Yesterday, I saw a redwinged blackbird. I did a doubletake, grabbing the binoculars just to make sure. The striped wasn’t as pronounced as during the summer. But it was there.

Last week the dogs alerted us to an opossum in the yard.

Then on my way to work I spotted a squirrel in the Pocono Record parking lot. Everything is waking up!

I am seeing purple poking out from the crocus at the side of the house. Daffodils aren’t far behind.

Today I noticed what isn’t there. I bet I haven’t had a junco (snowbird) at the feeder for a week. Now do you believe the seasons are changing?

 

What does that mean for my fellow gardeners?

It’s March. Make sure you have your orders in for the spring bulbs, such as dahlias. Yes, I stored them for the winter, but we always try some new varieties and order some extra yellow Kelvin Floodlight.

Start those seedlings on the windowsill. Some ideas from our master gardeners.

And when the temperatures become tolerable, start clearing away the debris in the garden.

You’ll be planting — and pulling weeds — in no time.

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