First day of Spring, 2013

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A very chilly start to the first day of what is supposed to be an early spring. The thermometer revealed 27 degrees around seven this morning. Brrrrr! It is a pretty, sunny day tho, so perhaps it will warm up enough to go check for signs of awakening in the plants later today. I do know the early double flowered daffodil that the local folk call Easter Lily has not yet come into bloom. I believe these to be the antique 'Double Campernelle', and except for the Snow Crocus, it is the earliest to flower here.

The usual crew has gathered at the bird feeders. They remind me of the regulars at the coffee shop each morning, warming themselves and catching up on the latest news and gossip. Yesterday, an American Robin was checking things out on the ground beneath the feeders, the first one to visit our yard this year. During the past week I saw two Carolina Wrens feeding together. It is the first time I have been able to certify that there is more than one Carolina Wren on the property. Both sexes of this bird look alike, so I do not know for sure, but we may have a nesting pair this year. We are also hosting at least one Sitta canadensis, the Red-Breasted Nuthatch. This cool little visitor is about two inches smaller than Sitta carolinensis, the White-Breasted Nuthatch. The Red-Breast is also distinguished by the broad black line through the eye and the pretty rusty wash of color on their underparts. The males sport a black cap, while the female wears a demure grey cap matching her top coat.

Now I will await the first sighting of th Eastern Towhee--that is the date Spring officially comes to Mariposa Cove.