You don’t need a calendar to know that it’s February, just take a hike around the Wetlands here at the Museum. If you see two Canada Geese, it’s February. These two geese drop in every February, very often its within a few days of the first of the month.
The geese are absent during summer through winter, spending only late winter and spring with us. I guesss their arrival could be termed as a harbinger of spring.
It may be pushing it a bit to say it’s springtime, but I’ve been seeing chickadees inspecting nest holes and brown-headed nuthatches excavating holes. With these geese arriving in town, what else am I to think. A change is clearly upon us.
Probably not in the least related to the arrival of the geese, chickadee or nuthatch activity, but a result of the sunshine early today (2/6), was a turtle out on a boulder, a yellow-bellied slider. The temperatures were hovering around the forty mark at the time making me wonder what the attraction was for this turtle. I can only guess that the sun must have penetrated the water sufficiently enough to microclimatically warm the muddy patch of bottom this turtle chose to rest in for the winter. Forty degrees is not a comfortable air temperature for a turtle.
Whatever it is that’s happening out there, it can not be reversed. Like it or not, winter is sailing by us. It won’t be long before flowers are blooming, bees are buzzing and we’ll be complaining (some of us) about how hot it is.