It’s April first. There is s t i l l snow on the ground–and not inconsequential amounts. But signs of spring continue.
The robins showed up two weekends ago. The latest arrivals: bunnies, chipmunks, and turkeys.
They aren’t actually arrivals. I’d have to check my biology, but I believe the bunnies and chipmunks have been in winter hibernation mode. The turkeys were here all winter, too. We’re not sure how they got any food to eat given how much snow was on the ground for how long.
But the bunnies and chipmunks have started making appearances. We have a nice bunny couple (?) that has been eating grass just north of the garden most mornings (munch, munch, hop, hop). Chipmunks have started darting around in their speedy, spastic way. And we saw a group of turkey girls at the edge of the forest yesterday afternoon. We managed to count seven hens through the binoculars, but there may have been more. I also saw a crow fly with some dead grass in its mouth, so clearly at least one bird is thinking about making a nest.
Slowly, but surely spring is getting here, but it sure is a slow start this year. Now, if the snow would please just go away. Please.