When my son was little, we’d take a walk to look for signs of spring in late March or early April, with a basket to put treasures we found: bits of newly exposed moss, or a dropped bird feather, or a bit of green pushing through the softening duff. This in lieu of Easter egg hunts.
Every year, there’s a moment when I really feel spring. It may be before March 20 (rarely) or weeks after the official start of the season. It hit me on Sunday when I saw a pileated woodpecker (the link includes a sample of its call). Well, first I heard it, then I explored the back side of the tree right across the road from my house and the bird, totally engrossed in its drilling let me watch it for quite some time.
Then, I was in Dale Hobson’s office talking about watching the pileated woodpecker and he said, “y’know, they have special cranial shock absorbers so they don’t kill themselves with all that pounding.” Of course. But I’d never thought of that before. Dale found a great link to fill you in on those piciforme crania. Oh, and while we’re at it, how about woodpecker tongues? Check out this two minute video:
Okay, we’ve got the spring return of the woodpeckers covered. Now, here are a few iconic spring images from my walk this morning, and from around our farm.
Get ready. Can’t talk about spring on our farm without talking about lambs. Here’s this year’s cute lamb photo set.
Your turn. What tells you it’s definitely spring, no turning back to winter, the sun is on our side?