After a winter that included a polar vortex in November and record-breaking cold in February, we are so happy to see spring finally get here. Texas spring brings our favorite bluebonnets and other early wildflowers.
The signs of spring came with the honking of Canadian geese and great blue herons as they begin their flights northward. (Most birds that depend on live prey migrate. Those that can live on seeds and berries usually stay put.) Another sign was in the return of old friends, like hummingbirds, western kingbird, flycatchers and tanagers, and saying good bye to winter friends like the western meadow lark and the hooded merganswer. A not so welcome sign of spring, are the brown-headed cow birds that have begun visiting the feeders.
The trees are beginning to sprout leaves and the hillsides are a lovely verdant green, and those that can, are blooming like crazy and attracting pollinators.
Folks are busy doing spring cleaning activities around the nature center and our local state parks:
And, one finally last look at what we survived… brrrrrrr! It makes me cold just to look at it!