Monday, April 09, 2012

Ah Spring!

Sshhh... we're whispering this because we don't want to scare away the balmy temperatures and sunny skies... but we think spring has finally arrived.
These newts think so too. Sunday, April 8th was the first time we saw a cluster of them in an amorous embrace.

It was also the first time we saw a migrating Black-headed Grosbeak at our feeder. Not sure this one will stay here in the Sierra foothills or head farther north to our old backyard in Port Townsend, Wa.

We saw these jack rabbits last Sunday. There were three, but they were moving so fast, I felt lucky to get a shot of these two.

These two Canadian Geese like to come around in spring and eat the bird seed under the cedar tree. They always look for a safe place to nest, but can't seem to commit to a spot on our land. I think we'll try to fix that somehow.

The coyotes like to walk up the road. A fellow blogger and facebook friend said that this one looked like she might be pregnant. I think that's probably true. We can look forward to hearing their yips and howls all summer long.

We've been waiting for signs that the fauna give us that spring has arrived. The daffodils and forsythia had already shouted their springing yellow hearts out while still being pelted with rain, snow, and hail.

I think we can safely say we've seen the signs of spring!

PS: We had 18 inches of rain in March. We're still at 73% of normal rainfall for this time of the year, so we wouldn't mind getting more before the dry summer begins.


  1. Spring critters!

    Love the Jack Rabbits. I've never seen one in the wild.

  2. Nice seeing photos with green in them after we got our 133.6 inches of snow for the season. Love that grosbeak photo. What a gorgeous bird.

  3. I remember spotting a jack rabbit on your road -- such long ears!

    it was a balmy 70 degrees here today - yes - I think spring might be here.

  4. Yes, she said quietly...spring is finally here. Great photographs proving it.

  5. lovely photos, and as usual I question the lifestyle i lead in which ants and city mice are about the only joys of nature I see on a regular basis! i enjoyed the thoughtful tribute to your father as well.

  6. I love the ears on the jack rabbits. You have a lot of wild animals roaming the property. I wonder how much they'll enjoy your garden....

  7. NEWTS! I love NEWTS! ... the amphibious kind, not the grouchy political kind.
    ... just clarifying.

  8. Great springy photos - except the salamander mating balls somehow remind me of an old "X-Files" episode... a bit creepy!
    We've been having balminess up this way, too. It's kind of trippy!

  9. SUch sure signs of spring! All are wonderful photos, but i just love the one of the newts.

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