Friday, February 3, 2012

Groundhog Day


Early morning birds,
Chipper with bright energy,
Feeding on new light.
 
Feb. 2 - 50 degrees at 8 a.m. Birds calling to each other from branch to branch accompany our happy trio on a two mile ridge top loop. The almost-spring notes in the air prompt Mike to comment, "I'm thinking if the jet stream stays where it is way up in Canada, maybe we won't have any snow this winter." (I'm good with that.) Still musing on the unusual warmth, he follows up by quoting an article that reports bird sitings in Indiana suggesting some species have gotten an early start on their northbound journey.

I respond, "I think I read in Birds and Blooms magazine that birds are agitated to start their migration by the length of the days, not the temperature." 

Was the gleam in his eye a ray of sunshine or a bit of wit when he volleyed, "Well, maybe they know that daylight savings time starts in March this year, earlier than before." LOL.

Feb. 2 on Chestnut Ridge 







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