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Old 02-21-2010, 04:29 PM
 
Location: Union, ME
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Hey everyone. I was sitting out by the woodpile in the sun with a cup o' this morning, and I heard the Mourning Doves for the first time this year. This made me think that we are indeed nearing spring.

This time of year, it seems like each day brings something new - even if it is only that, if it's out, the sun shines a bit stronger & longer. The shadows are changing. The buds on the trees are swelling. Chickadees are singing their 'spring song'. The old snow is going. The cat stays outside longer. The driveway is getting squishy. In another week, the OH General Store will re-open for the year; Dairy Queen in Rockland has already re-opened! I can let the fire go out in the morning and don't need to light it again 'till evening. Stuff like this.

Each season in Maine is, to me, nothing short of spectacular - awesome, really. Each season, I find myself saying that this is my favorite season. I've finally realized that I love it all. Well, the rain last spring/summer was a little much !

I'm wondering...what are some of the harbingers of spring in Maine for you?
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Old 02-21-2010, 04:39 PM
 
Location: Florida (SW)
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I saw a yellow gold finch this morning on the thistle seed feeder.....(I didnt know until this year that the males lose their golden color for the winter....well its coming back.)

I saw a maple tree with taps on it this morning...on the way to church.

I see the squirrels getting a bit friskey with one another.....

I saw a rose breasted grosbek this morning.....I dont know if thats a sign of spring....but it was unusual to me.

The hawks seem to be taking advantage of the lack of snow cover to hunt for mice and voles....lots of hawks around my place....also saw two foxes in the back yard last night.

A daffodil is coming up in a sunny spot out back.
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Old 02-22-2010, 09:06 AM
 
Location: Maine!
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I saw a yellow gold finch this morning on the thistle seed feeder.....(I didnt know until this year that the males lose their golden color for the winter....well its coming back.)

I saw a maple tree with taps on it this morning...on the way to church.

I see the squirrels getting a bit friskey with one another.....

I saw a rose breasted grosbek this morning.....I dont know if thats a sign of spring....but it was unusual to me.

The hawks seem to be taking advantage of the lack of snow cover to hunt for mice and voles....lots of hawks around my place....also saw two foxes in the back yard last night.

A daffodil is coming up in a sunny spot out back.


Really?!!!!! No sign of that here in NC yet...........wow, is that usual for this time of year or is that because you've had less snow?



BTW....great thread idea, Maureen!
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Old 02-22-2010, 09:14 AM
 
Location: Florida (SW)
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I think this is very early .... but I havent live in maine more than two springs so I cant really speak of what is usual. ....Where the daffydowndillies are coming up is an an area on a slope with a south eastern exposure...and pretty intense sunshine--the snow is gone there and it is muddy.....there is also an onion I must have missed last fall sending up green shoots.

Another sign of spring......the spring cleaning bug has bitten me.

The sound of running water.....that was one of the things that brought me back to New England after trying to adapt to southern california......I hungered for the sound of brooks ..... the gurgling babbling gladness of running water....I can hear it now from my back deck and on my morning walk with the dogs we pass a brook that is running freely and in which there is an emerald green leafy plant growing among the rocks.

"Appalachian Spring" playing on Public Radio!

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Old 02-22-2010, 09:29 AM
 
Location: Corinth, ME
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I have not seen any signs of green yet (but will go inspect the kitty-willows (can't write that other word here! ) out back tomorrow.

signs of spring for me: the red "no heavy load" signs on the side roads.
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Old 02-22-2010, 09:58 AM
 
Location: Maine
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Pilated woodpeckers have started banging out their territory wars.

I haven't had grosbeaks, crossbills, purple or house finches, either redpoll or pine siskins yet this winter. I'm still on the first 25 pound bag of birds seed and usually go through 100 pounds or more a month starting in October. I can't say this year that spring is coming because the winter birds are leaving.

BUMP!
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Old 02-22-2010, 11:49 AM
 
Location: Rothschild, WI
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I can take longer walks with the dogs! Our pug's little feet were freezing every time we walked, so sometimes I had to carry him home. Another sign: The heat doesn't kick on nearly as much! (Nice thread, Maureen! Let's hope we're not jinxing the weather...)
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Old 02-22-2010, 12:27 PM
 
Location: Appleton, Maine!
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I smelled Spring, when I reached my road last Wed. evening!! Bliss (even though I love winter, too!)!
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Old 02-22-2010, 02:59 PM
 
Location: Maine
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I read a report of turkey vultures back in the state today.
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Old 02-22-2010, 04:06 PM
 
Location: Northern Maine
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Cars, pickups, snowmobiles and ATVs are going through the ice all over lower maine. It happens every spring.
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