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Signs of spring
03-10-2014, 03:26 PM #1
Octo Mother Superior
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I thought this might need its own thread.

Yesterday, March 9, I heard swans for the first time. They left pretty late last year so I don't think they went further than the south of the country or across the Baltic Sea perhaps. They're back anyhow yay.gif The Whooper Swan is the national bird of Finland.

The hedgehogs are also waking up.

If you see a hedgehog, don’t feed it quite yet!

Finland’s unseasonably warm weather has encouraged the country’s hedgehogs to crawl out of their winter dens early this year. If you should happen to see one of these cute spiny critters out and about, don’t be too eager to feed it! They are likely just out for a breath of fresh air, testing to see if spring really has sprung.

http://yle.fi/uutiset/if_you_see_a_hedge...et/7127753

Add your spring signs beercheer.gif
03-10-2014, 03:37 PM #2
Shadow Mrs. Buckwheat
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beercheer.gif Going to take a while to melt the snow and ice here, but it's started and the red wing blackbirds are back yay.gif It's spring when I don't go to work Monday morning rofl.gif
03-10-2014, 03:38 PM #3
Ruby Wolf Member
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I'm aware of and enjoy music from long before i was born...

03-10-2014, 03:41 PM #4
Ruby Wolf Member
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Ha haa haaa! what a classic song! (*-*)

03-10-2014, 03:47 PM #5
Octo Mother Superior
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We don't have any snow to melt amazingly enough. blink.gif And we're going to have to get Mason a tick collar very soon. If we have a dry spring there won't be a mosquito invasion and less ticks. pope.gif
03-10-2014, 03:50 PM #6
Ruby Wolf Member
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(03-10-2014, 03:47 PM)Octo Wrote:  We don't have any snow to melt amazingly enough. blink.gif And we're going to have to get Mason a tick collar very soon. If we have a dry spring there won't be a mosquito invasion and less ticks. pope.gif
Its snowing hard right now where i am (*=*) what else is new?!

At least i dont have work today...

Even though i work every saturday...

Sunday and Monday are two very good days to have off...
03-10-2014, 03:54 PM #7
Shadow Mrs. Buckwheat
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We used to put gold fish in the pond, they'd eat mosquito larvae and we rarely had mosquitoes but the pond has dried up the last couple of summers. I'm hoping this winter's snow pack will be enough to keep it a pond not a mud bog chuckle.gif
03-10-2014, 03:54 PM #8
Octo Mother Superior
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Wow you've had your share of snow this winter, Smolensk blink.gif I guess it had to fall somewhere.
03-10-2014, 03:56 PM #9
Octo Mother Superior
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(03-10-2014, 03:54 PM)Shadow Wrote:  We used to put gold fish in the pond, they'd eat mosquito larvae and we rarely had mosquitoes but the pond has dried up the last couple of summers. I'm hoping this winter's snow pack will be enough to keep it a pond not a mud bog chuckle.gif

You should start breeding bacon! hyper.gif Bacons like mud bogs.
03-10-2014, 04:01 PM #10
Shadow Mrs. Buckwheat
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(03-10-2014, 03:56 PM)Octo Wrote:  You should start breeding bacon! hyper.gif Bacons like mud bogs.

aaah2.gif rofl.gif rofl.gif not a chance in hell
03-10-2014, 04:03 PM #11
Ruby Wolf Member
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(03-10-2014, 03:54 PM)Octo Wrote:  Wow you've had your share of snow this winter, Smolensk blink.gif I guess it had to fall somewhere.
I can deal with it...

Especially when i know i'll soon be seeing sure signs of spring like this one below!

Well okay maybe not That Hot...

But hey like most of them usually end up moving away from around here to florida and california asap to where the big bucks and constant summer sun is...

İmage
03-10-2014, 04:17 PM #12
Octo Mother Superior
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(03-10-2014, 03:47 PM)Octo Wrote:  We don't have any snow to melt amazingly enough. blink.gif And we're going to have to get Mason a tick collar very soon. If we have a dry spring there won't be a mosquito invasion and less ticks. pope.gif

15 minutes after I posted that an article was posted on our local news, "The tick is awake", I guess some local dog was found with a tick. damned.gif That has got to be a record.
03-10-2014, 04:32 PM #13
Shadow Mrs. Buckwheat
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It's pretty damn early for your latitude. damned.gif
03-10-2014, 04:41 PM #14
Ruby Wolf Member
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(03-10-2014, 04:17 PM)Octo Wrote:  
(03-10-2014, 03:47 PM)Octo Wrote:  We don't have any snow to melt amazingly enough. blink.gif And we're going to have to get Mason a tick collar very soon. If we have a dry spring there won't be a mosquito invasion and less ticks. pope.gif

15 minutes after I posted that an article was posted on our local news, "The tick is awake", I guess some local dog was found with a tick. damned.gif That has got to be a record.
Unfortunately some of these blood sucking parasitic ticks are active all year long even during winter...

Quote:Yes. [Lyme] season begins in spring, when the nymphal, or young, ticks appear. These nymphs are very small and difficult to see. The season continues through the summer and even during the fall and winter.

http://www.momlogic.com/2010/05/lyme_dis...iliano.php
03-10-2014, 04:53 PM #15
Octo Mother Superior
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They're not active here during winter, but if there's one life form I wouldn't mind see eradicated from this earth it would be ticks. I hate them.



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