Friday, April 18, 2008

Spring's Eternal Hope

Friday, April 18, 2008
The first robin of spring!

Everyone, it seems, has been waiting for spring to finally, well, spring. Here in SE Ohio it finally did today with a bunch of obvious signs. First, there was the mythical First Robin of Spring! We have robins all winter long flying over the farm and in our woods. But that does not stop us from gushing and pointing and proclaiming the arrival of TFROS.

Colt's foot (Tussilago farfara)

Colt's foot has been in bloom for about 10 days and is now starting to go to seed. This hearty wildflower grows along roadsides and seems to thrive in areas of disturbed soil. It comes up in early spring without fail, just when you think you'll never see another blooming flower ever again.That high-pitched whining sound you're hearing at night from the roadside ditch is the love song of the American toad. The male toad trills away on warm, wet evenings, hoping to lure a female into range so he can jump on her back, fertilize her eggs, and make more little toads. These toads, captured en flagrante, are temporary residents of our backyard pond. Once the deed is done, they'll head back to the woods where they live, hoping to avoid broad-winged hawks by day and barred owls by night.

I, for one, am glad the wait for spring is over. Now I must steel myself for the warm weather ahead and for all the delectable birds that will be riding in from the south on the warm fronts.


On April 18, 2008 at 10:43 PM Mary said...


Ahhhh, the song of the American Toad in love :o) Spring in SE Ohio finally arrived. Hail to the American Toad.


On April 19, 2008 at 8:05 AM Jayne said...

(Just who is that hot chick in the photo above?) :c)

Robins, wildflowers, toads! Does it get any better than that? Lordy, I love this time of year.

On April 19, 2008 at 11:07 PM kevbosnafu said...

For us it's the peepers, which I can now hear from the deck every evening - tonight we heard them after making s'mores in the 'first cookout of spring'! (FCOOS?)

On April 20, 2008 at 11:24 PM Mel said...

Love the toads ;)