Thursday, November 17, 2011

Waiting for This Sign of Spring

Thursday, November 17, 2011
OK the bleariness of the Ohio winter has settled in upon us and signs of spring, well, there are none! Sigh.

There's one specific sign that I look for each spring—one that lets me know that the ambient daytime temperatures are warm enough for there to be airborne insects. The air above our southeastern Ohio woods is peppered with gnats...

It's the return of the blue-gray gnatcatchers! They return in spring sometime in early April, usually around the 5th. Once they're back, they are with us until early October, giving away their presence with their high-pitched wheezing calls.

What's facing us now here in Ohio is about six months of gray skies and icky weather. Funny that a bird as gray as our winter skies can be such a harbinger of the joys and colors and music of spring.

I. Can't. Wait!


On November 17, 2011 at 10:43 PM Marilyn Kircus said...

And in Texas, we are happy to see them in late summer. I got to see them before I left in September.

On November 18, 2011 at 8:53 PM Heather said...

I hear ya, man. =wheeeez!= One of my all time favorite sounds. Hang in there. HotH

On November 18, 2011 at 9:53 PM robin andrea said...

Why does winter last so long? It just ain't fair. That gnatcatcher is a very sweet harbinger a fairer days. A lovely sign worth waiting for.

On November 19, 2011 at 11:07 AM KramerBill said...

Groan Groan and I am Starting to see juncos here in Indiana. Some snow already. KramerBill

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