signs of the season…
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There are so many signs that point to spring it’s difficult to zero in on just a few. Here’s two very obvious bird signals of the change that’s coming.
The two geese in the photos below arrive at the Museum’s Wetland each February. I’ve been calling them Lucy and Goosey, Lucy’s the female. I typically don’t name birds, but these two have become so familiar that, well, why not!
How do I know that these are the same birds that I see each year, and which one is which? Lucy has a grayish eyering. Canada Geese do not have contrasting eyerings as do some other birds so she stands out from the crowd.
There have been Fish Crows reported all over the state during the past week. The first for me here at the Museum were chasing each other around a brilliant blue sky on the 28th of February.
And, not really a sign of the season but a sign that deer wander this 84 some acre suburban oasis in Durham, NC.
It’s raining at the moment, but it’s a warm rain. It’s 51 degrees and may reach 68 later this afternoon. This is the kind of rain that salamanders find attractive for their breeding forays. Pickerel Frogs are probably gearing up as I type. The Wetlands is probably loud with peepers and chorus frogs. Sorry, gotta go…!