Friday, April 13, 2007

Friday, April 13th in Snow covered Maine

Here we are again with a snow covered backyard. It was just beginning to show bare ground again from the last storm and we are covered again! I have to admit it was just beautiful to look out and see everything covered in freshly fallen snow BUT gosh that is something you enjoy from Dec-Feb, not April 13th. Friday the 13th at that!
Despite the snow, the Tom's are strutting their stuff and even saw a pair mating just a couple days ago. Yesterday morning there was a pair of Tree Swallows checking out one of our six bird houses and appeared like they were mating. The Mourning Doves also appear to be in the mating mode and are chasing each other around. The Robins can be seen along the road sides looking for any bit of bare ground to find a meal. One did find some red berries on my shrubs a couple days ago and finished them up. The male Goldfinches are changing their dull winter colors back to the brilliant yellow, and looking spotted for the time being. It's nearing time for the Ruby-Throated Hummingbirds to return, hoping they wait for better weather. The weather man says we are in for a real Northeastern Sun-Mon, rain or snow and real high winds! I am really glad we don't live where they are predicting possible tornado's, I have lived through hurricanes as a child in Connecticut, but never witnessed a tornado and don't care to. I am thankful they are not a common feature in Maine and will take the odd weather we have been getting any day compared to tornado's, earthquakes and such.
I brought a fuchsia plant in the house this past winter and it is doing well but to my surprise in the same pot a petunia plant has sprung up and actually has a couple blooms on it now. At least I have a little springtime inside if not outside!
Enjoy :) Coppertop

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