Yes, it was a long winter here in Niagara Falls with low temperatures and mounds of snow. This morning we had snow flurries, so we are not out of the woods yet. Trees are still tightly in bud. Spring has been on hold and plants were snuggled in the ground waiting for a few days of warmth to break loose.
With temperatures in the 50′s during the day and thirties at night it is still not advisable to be planting or even digging as the soil is still wet and not easily workable.
The songbirds on the other hand are pairing up and starting to find nests. As I have been showing at nature preserves, some like the eagles and osprey have young in the nest. Some, like blue birds have laid eggs.
I too am preparing the garden for all the nestlings to fill the trees in my garden, stocking up on seed for the adults and mealworms for the young chickadees, wrens, robins, Juncos, woodpeckers, and nuthatches which will be arriving in about three weeks.
Hummingbirds are almost here as some have already been spotted in northern PA, so time to get the feeders clean and ready. What is really grand at this time of year is the chorus of birds singing each morning.
Flowers are just starting to come up and attract the native bees. I am not one to show those little nubs in the ground and instead wait until a bit more is showing, just like the bees do.
The native sparrows are visiting in the pear tree, and…
the starlings and grackles are pairing up to nest here like years before.
Maybe new to the list of nesting robins, woodpeckers, blue jays and nuthatch might be the house finch pair and goldfinch pair I keep seeing daily. Lots of trees and large shrubs on my tiny property, not to mention the Black Walnut and Mulberry behind the garage that play host to many songbird nests and downy woodpecker nest holes.
It is why the garden is lush with plants, a place for wildlife to make their homes. Springtime is a fine time of year.