Spring is coming?

We’ve had a very mild winter here in southern Wisconsin with only a handful of big snowstorms all season. So it was a little surprising to wake up to a big wet March snowfall the other day. The snow clung to every little branch and made our yard look like a winter wonderland.

The driveway.

The view of the pond from the middle of the driveway.

The backyard.

Do you see what I see?

That is right just after the snow storm passed we saw our first geese on the pond.

They look bewildered like hey where is the open water?! This group was surely just passing through but that means in no time we’ll be seeing our first pair of mating geese and hearing them defend the both ponds as theirs. The first sign of waterfowl on the ponds each spring is always exciting!

 

The conifers we planted out front have provided great winter interest. They look especially nice with a thin layer of snow accentuating their branches.

With the warm temperatures the snow is melting fast. I love sunny days when there is snow on the ground!

 

This winter we’ve had an extra special treat with two male pheasants calling our yard home. This is only the second time this had happened. Two years ago we had a male hang out in our yard over the winter.

We would catch him sunning himself on our front steps every morning but unfortunately he didn’t last long. Our dog found a crime scene of blood and feathers in the snow a few weeks later. : ( But this year we bought some food for the pheasants and have been feeding them where they were scratching the ground for food. They are skittish creatures and nearly every day Flannel Man has scared them out of the brush when he walks the dog on the pond and I will sometimes see them as I’m leaving the driveway in the morning. I managed to get a few pictures of them through the trees as they crossed the lower part of our driveway one weekend.

(Cropped to give you a better view of the details. Not very good photography but they are the only shots I’ve ever gotten of pheasants on our property so I wanted to share.)


They are so funny to watch when they run. Their head bobs back and forth every time they take a step.

 

What signs of spring have you seen lately?

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5 Responses to “Spring is coming?”


  1. 1 Peggy March 7, 2012 at 8:15 am

    On Monday, we spotted our first Red-Winged Blackbirds on the cat tails in a pond across from the waterfront (we live in Kingston, Ontario, Canada so we are a bit further north than you are). We drive past this spot every day on our way to work and this is always our sign that spring is finally arriving. This is the earliest record we have of seeing them since we began keeping track of the date of their return, which was in March 1999.

  2. 2 Carrie @ Hazardous Design March 8, 2012 at 7:52 pm

    We had a surprise snow fall last week too. The only other significant snowfall we’ve had this season was in October. Go figure. Mother Nature is certainly keeping us on our toes this year.

  3. 3 merylr0se March 8, 2012 at 8:21 pm

    As a nearly life long Bay Area resident I find snow SO EXCITING! I know, totally pathetic :) When Chris was working in Ohio one winter and I went out to visit him I just about had a seizure when it started snowing and I ran outside to frolic in it :) Your property looks gorgeous with the snowfall, so picturesque!

  4. 4 Robin March 9, 2012 at 12:08 am

    Peggy that is so crazy we don’t get those until early summer here. We walk the dog along a prairie down the street so there are a lot of red-winged blackbirds there.

    Carrie I know this winter has been freaky. For the most part people around here are just happy to have a mild winter for once.

    Meryl I completely understand loving snow. It’s so pretty! But this time of year we’re ready for spring. We’ve really had a warm two days so now it’s all melted and gone already.

  5. 5 Gabbi March 21, 2012 at 1:54 pm

    I am reallyyyyy over winter, and quite frankly, we barely had a winter here in NJ….but I have to say…these photos are beautiful!!!


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