Sunday, April 2, 2017

SPRING VARIATIONS

      Spring is a time of many variations that pull us up and down. There are nice times when our spirits soar and there wild times when we are saddened once again . We are looking for spring...actually summer. We are hoping. Setbacks drive us to nuts.

      So today our weather was very dull. We had heavy dark clouds but no rain or snow. Our temperature was around  5 C(40 F) all day. It was windy and looked very unpleasant. When I went out it felt much better than it looked.

     A few days ago we had clear skies and 10 C  (50 F). People brought out the shorts.

     So spring brings a wide variation in our daily weather. A cold front is coming in tonight and we may get some drizzle and snow.

     The snow has disappeared except for the dirty remains of snow banks that are in shaded areas.

     The grass is brown but if you look in sunny locations you can find some new grass shoots. Our grass slowly loses its color over the winter and in the spring is brown. It takes a while for things to turn green. I have bluebells along the east side of my house. Since bluebells are early they are about 2 -3 Cm (1 in) tall.

    Most days we have new birds that arrive from the south. We've seen Blue birds, Trumpeter swans, gulls and a few ducks. From now on there will be a steady stream of arrivals. I took my bird group out yesterday morning to  small area and we found 13 species of birds.

    I'm also running a little project called Bird Species 150 which to find 150 bird species  to celebrate Canada's 150th birthday. So bird reports are coming in steadily Check RDRN.ca and see what species have been reported.

   And my bunny had a snooze in my back yard today and he/she is starting to turn brown. Richardson ground squirrels have come out of hibernation. The old males come out first and later on the young males and females. The old males return to hibernation in July again.


     So slowly but surely spring is coming to Hiawatha House.

     I've had some new visitors recently and some made comments. Thanks for visiting Hiawatha House and thanks for the comments. Maybe we'll have a conversation.
 

25 comments:

  1. how much differ our weathers but i really wish you have lovely lashing spring around you soon!

    i liked the sentence that when you came out weather was not as bad as it seemed from inside ,it is true to reveal True beauty of something you have to dive in before judging it from far.

    i am glad that most of your ice has melt except shaded areas and some new grass is rising from the ground .
    In Asia Pakistan and specially the southern area where i live temperature is 40 plus now days .Spring is blooming and gardens are full of flowers .our hardest months are close when temp rises above 50 still life is beautiful .Unlike your guest birds we cannot migrate towards cold areas because humans are complicated creatures they complain yet they enjoy struggle of survival.

    Best wishes for you research for birds for the celebration of your sweet homeland friend!

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    1. Everybody adjusts to the climate they live in and are very happy. I spent 5 summers in the Arctic. That 24 hour daylight is great.

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  2. Ohh what as sweet little bunny!

    We also have terrible foggy weather here in west of Norway..Cant go out bec its nothing too see..however today they say we can have a little tiny little ray of sun,,Halleluja!

    Happyweekend to you and family Red!

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    1. I would not like to live in a rainy wet place. The bunny is about 4 kg. It's quite large and of course wild.

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  3. Our spring came with very, warm weather. It was unusual to have temperatures of 20 C, (68 F)! It was the warmest temperature ever we had in March. You didn't even needed a coat to wear. It frightens me, it is not normal all those changes

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    1. The extremes certainly frighten me. I keep wondering what comes next.

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  4. Spring is coming, and it's true that the weather is wildly varied at this time. We, however, get constant rain in the lowlands. Everything is soggy, but yesterday it was sunny here, too. I heard the spring peepers for the first time this year last evening! :-)

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    1. I wonder at how you made the adjustment from Colorado to the Washington coast.

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  5. Isn't it a great feeling when the season is changing? It cracks me up that Canadians bring out the shorts in 50-degree weather! Where I come from, we're still in coats when it's 50 degrees! Everything's relative, right?

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    1. Very relative. I really don't like anything above 21 or 22 C.

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  6. Spring is slowly arriving here in Portland. Many of the trees are flowering, but it's still rainy.

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    1. I would become quickly depressed with all the cloud and rain.

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  7. I just saw a ground squirrel that lives under a porch this week

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    1. They've been running around here for about 2 weeks.

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  8. We get the people in shorts at 10C also, Red! We had snow last week which has stayed ever since. It's more like winter now than most of the actual winter was. But it will change soon. It's April :) Is that a wild rabbit? He is very large :)

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    1. It's a wild rabbit commonly called a jack rabbit. It weighs about 10 pounds.

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  9. You Albertans are tough people. Sounds like you only have perhaps three months of pleasant summery weather and nine months of winter. Even England has a better balance than that.

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    1. Some of the locals say worse things than 3 months of summer. Our altitude is about 4000 ft I think.

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  10. I just read Far side in Minnesota and she is in the big brown also. We stay green all winter here in the coastal pacific Northwest, but now things are going greener. Tiny leaves are breaking out of their buds. it's an exciting time.
    Hoping your greening is coming soon.

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    1. With the long heavy frost the grass leaves freeze, die and lose color.

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  11. I wonder what the rabbit thinks of you.

    We're getting rain today, which is wearing away at the remaining snows.

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  12. This is my favourite season of the year. I love all the awakenings after a long winter. Soon enough the flowers will begin to rise and we'll be surrounded by beautiful colours.

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  13. Sounds like spring at your place! I too enjoy the birds that pass through :)

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  14. I thought white rabbits were white so then he changes to brown. Interesting.
    He is a big fellow.

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  15. Hi Red, I like the report on transition to Spring. You mentioned one thing that always amazes me … the bunny changing from white to brown. Isn’t nature amazing? I admire your birding projects. And Red Deer River Naturalists is a neat site! Thanks for the link! Hope you have a fine weekend ahead!

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