May 20, 2020

Day 22: Signs of the Seasons

It doesn’t matter if it feels like it or not, there are certain signs that accompany each season. I enjoy all 4, but I think spring is always so fascinating with all the newness of life breaking forth with spring flowers, the trees budding, the return of the song birds, litters of kittens, the sun up earlier, and the promise of longer days and warmer temperatures. (We are waiting patiently for those warmer temperatures!)

The spring flowers start with the crocuses, daffodils, tulips, hyacinths, grape hyacinths, move on to lilacs, lily of the valley, peonies, columbines, and so on.

The birds come back in a very similar pattern as well. The red-winged blackbirds, song sparrows, chipping sparrows, finches, meadowlarks, blue heron, ducks, killdeer, bluebirds, gold finches, Baltimore Orioles, mockingbirds, recently the barn swallows, ad this week the hummingbirds, the blue jays, darlings, cardinals, morning doves, woodpeckers, and other sparrows overwinter. And we can’t forget the return of the buzzards as our clean up committee!

The end of last week I saw my first red admiral butterfly and saw a monarch yesterday. So even though the temperatures don’t quite measure up, all creation is in full swing going about what it was created to do, and that is bloom and shine where they are planted.