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Old 02-17-2012, 11:09 AM   #1
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Default Spring has sprung!

Caught this little guy on film earlier in the week!
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Old 02-17-2012, 11:55 AM   #2
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We have a few confused souls who never left the area, I think due to the very mild winter we've been having. Very strange to look out the window and see a robin in January.
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Old 02-17-2012, 01:30 PM   #3
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I've got tens of thousands of those tree pigs around here, shitting all over everything and kicking the mulch out of my shrub beds. You want me to send you a couple thousand? Free shipping.
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I never knew, learn something everyday.

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Old 02-17-2012, 02:41 PM   #5
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It appears that some robins and other birds never did leave the region.

http://www.edmontonjournal.com/life/...782/story.html
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Old 02-17-2012, 07:20 PM   #6
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If we are lucky, spring will 'sprung' here by June. Last year, we had no spring. It was cold and raining right into July, then it got cold and rainy again in early September. We got exactly one month of decent summer weather, with no spring and not much of a fall, either. If that happens again this year, I will seriously consider applying for a transfer to Austin, Texas, where my company has another cellphone test organization.
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I remember that, Ought. I was whining about how cool & wet spring was here, how long it took to see decent weather. You went on two months longer in the slop.

How's your winter been?
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I remember that, Ought. I was whining about how cool & wet spring was here, how long it took to see decent weather. You went on two months longer in the slop.

How's your winter been?
Wet. Cold. Long. I thought we were not going to get any snow, but then we got smacked hard by a big storm in January. We may get another late snow, but more than likely it will just be more rain and cold going forward. A serious windstorm or two is quite possible as well. I am glad that I have a generator now.
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We had daffodils blooming two weeks ago!
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Our local newscast today showed a lonely snowdrop blooming on a random lawn today. My jaw dropped. This is FEBRUARY! It's 3-4 weeks early.
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I always find the first Spring thaw to be very depressing. It's when I have to get out the bucket and shovel to clean up all the missing dog piles that disappeared into the snow on the lawn. Oh, and of course the cat piles too. They think that snow is a white form of dirt, where you can let fly, and bury it as you please.
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Old 02-18-2012, 11:13 PM   #12
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Sorry folks...I thought it would be inspirational...we love seeing the Robins return, and trees et al start greening...a bit early this year, (even for Houston,Texas) but YAY!

PS some Robins DO overwinter, but have not been in our yard.
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Nice to see a pair of my resident chickadees checking out the birdhouse so soon. They are already bringing in sticks and make just the cutest nest. It is always a work of great architecture.They will make a soft deep bed sitting on a great scaffolding of sticks. I'll have to take a pic before I clean out the house when they are done. They will have only one clutch of babies a year so I will then clean out the house and sanitize it. I put a large smear of vaseline on the inner roof to discourage bee building inside , change the metal hole cover to a larger size for the bluebirds and hope for bluebirds this year. Usually a pair of noisy Wrens then take over. The asswipe neighbor makes too much noise for the bluebirds to settle in. That idiot is going to learn to love or hate Led Zeppelin and Lady Gaga when I get done with him this year
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