It was yesterday morning that I was alerted to the sound of Canada Geese as a dozen of them made their first appearance of the year over my place. Canada geese are my Spring harbinger, and it just gets better from there. We had another snowfall, but it started to melt by afternoon, and the smells of Spring were evident. Melting snow, cheerful songbirds and warming temperatures are teasing me to what's to come over the next couple months.
As many gardens across the Southern U.S. are currently seeing hummingbirds, I will anxiously wait for another 2 months to see mine. It's been an unusually cold Spring so I fully anticipate later than normal hummingbirds in many regions of Canada as well as Northeastern U.S.. Either way, I love the build up to Spring. There is nothing about Spring that brings disappointment. Gardens liven up with new songbirds, perennials prove their hardiness after a bitterly cold winter, and shortly after that many little visitors make Spring even more special. While I'm excited by the arrival of the Ruby-throat and the Rufous hummingbirds across many regions in the south, I will continue to plan for the arrival of this "Jewel of the North".
Ziggy, my summer resident Male Ruby-throat hummingbird from May 2017. N.E. of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.