While there is still a lot of snow left to melt, we are starting to see more and more bare ground, and even saw our first green life poking through the ground this week!
I expect we’ll have a lot more of that to share soon. Luke and I are starting to see some clear areas in our trails, and the chickens are happy to have more ground to peck at.
The first dirt baths of the season are a favorite, and since the front of the house here gets a lot of the sun, this is a favorite spot.
Even I was sitting outside one day this week! I did have a coat and hat on, but I was cleaning some flower pots. Eventually my hands did get cold so I went inside to finish starting some seeds in those pots. It was exciting to be doing the first garden work of the season!
Last but not least, while we had been getting tired of snow photographs, on our walk with the Dadz last weekend, we did find this interesting sight. We’re not sure what kind of wildlife did this to the tree, hubby thinks maybe a porcupine? You can kind of see gnawing teeth marks in the tree in the photo on the right side. The only tracks around the tree were deer, so we didn’t get any clues there.
What interesting sights is spring bringing to your neck of the woods?
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Jodi Stone says
Our snow is gone (although, I do realize how late I am commenting.) I’m actually waiting for the forsythias, when I see those, then I KNOW spring has arrived. 🙂
The tree….that’s weird, I was going to say Sasquatch, because we have some of those trees in our woods and the damage is farther up, but none of our trees have the little pile of shavings in front of them. I’m wondering if it’s beavers? Do you have any water on your land?
I thought of beavers too, but we don’t have any water on our land, other than seasonal streams and wet areas. The higher up areas you see might be woodpeckers.
We still have snow around. It’s been pretty chilly this week, and not a lot of sun, so it’s not really melting much. At least the inch of snow and sleet we got just a couple days ago finally melted when we got one sunny day.
Lynn LaChance says
Oh and I would like to see how snow Mt. Is doing these days??
It’s still pretty high!! I can’t see out the kitchen window completely yet, and I feel like we’ll never be able to use the doors on that side of the house again! The patio one is closer, the bathroom one is going to take forever.
Monika, Sam & Elsa says
Here’s to seeing more and more brown soil instead of white powder. 🌷🌷🌷
And then green grass will be even better of course! 🙂
JoAnn Stancer says
The chickens are happy! That is a interesting critter that did that to the tree.
I should get hubby to set up his game camera down in there.
Lynn LaChance says
I saw the turkeys taking some dirt baths here lately! And the male has been parading around showing his beautiful tail feathers, actually rarely have seen that and never in the yard. But they really have been hanging around a lot the last months. I told them I expect babies soon! Can’t believe you actually have some green stuff already! Now, those trees,that is really weird! The bark on the ground made me think of Pileated woodpeckers, they can do a number on trees-but yeah, those guauges are huge, and you see teeth marks huh? Curious!
I thought of the pileated too, but they’re holes are usually further up I thought. It did look like teeth marks though. I would have thought beaver if we had a pond out there! LOL
Hope you get those turkey babies!! We have seen them doing dirt baths too, down by our garden.
Ellen Pilch says
Spring has sprung! 🙂
M. K. Clinton says
I know spring blooms will be a welcome sight after all that snow! Do porcupines ever come in your yard? I’ve never seen one in the wild but there were a lot of armadillos in Louisiana.
Yes, we’ve seen them in the yard many times, and one time Luke and I saw a huge one when we were walking in the woods. They make me nervous though, since sometimes they’ve walked right along the fence line, and a friend’s dog got quilled through their fence!
Brian Frum says
Hooray for Spring finds you and hooray for melting snow too!
Hooray is right!!! 🙂
LLB in Our Backyard says
How nice to be able to see a bit of greenery popping up! All the rain here in California has brought lots and lots of wildflowers to enjoy, we hope the snow does the same in your neck of the woods!
It will, but it’s going to take a little more time here! 🙂
The snow is melting and that’s a good thing. You’re so cute Luke.
Have a woof woof day and weekend. My best to your mom. ♥
It sure is, and Luke thanks you! 🙂
Mary Hone says
Always fun stuff on a farm. The chickens look happy for dirt and sunshine.
It’s so relaxing and enjoyable just to watch them scratching and tooling around enjoying themselves! 🙂
Ducky's Mom says
Spring is here, too. We didn’t get any snow here at all – except maybe 3 or 4 inches at the beginning of December – so nothing to melt away. We had a lot of rain, but with the sunshine these last few days the ground is dry and hard again. We do have a mountain of birdseed around the feeder though – the squirrels like to knock it down – we just leave it there for the doves and other larger birds who are too big for the feeder.
Glad you’re finally able to see the ground again and the flock can get their dirt baths!
We’re really getting there, and the ground is actually drying out in some places too!
Molly the AireGirl says
We had no idea that porcupines did that kind of stuffs!
I didn’t know that either, though I have watched them strip branches and leaves off of trees way up high.
we hope spring comes faster to us.. this time between winter&spring is mud and dirt time… I can not even remember what color our car had once LOL
OMG – mine either!!
We dislike this time of year because it is just one big mess and everything looks ugly. It will be a couple weeks before things look better, if we don’t get more snow. Glad you are enjoying it and getting ready to start your gardening.
You are right about that. It’s a mess and it’s ugly. Around here it’s either a mud pit or icy, so walking in the woods is sure challenging!
That view of the tree (that really is weird!) made me think of this video I saw of a bear using a tree to scratch his (or her) back: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DfqAW7HX-nc
I sure hope it’s not a bear, that’s not something I want to run into when we’re on a walk!!