Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Signs of Spring

Liquid precipitation.

Daffodils.


The return of migrant birds.

Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica) with nestlings

Snakes emerging from their winter hibernacula.

Western Ribbon Snake (Thamnophis proximus)

The resumption of insect activity.

Eastern Lubber Grasshopper (Romalea microptera) nymphs

All classic signs of springtime in the South.

And then there's this...

Only the essentials- a fishing license and bait

Found on an Alabama creek bank on a Sunday afternoon in mid February.

A sure sign spring is drawing near.

15 comments:

  1. Man , I'm sure ready to see some of those signs around my neighborhood. This winter thing has definitely grown old!

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    1. The only "sign" I've seen so far is that receipt.
      I seem to remember fishing for bass right through December, January, and February last year...
      this year not so much.

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  2. Jay
    I am counting the days----you guys need to come up in April for some top water action.

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    1. I'm not only counting days, I'm watching weather forecasts and crossing fingers.
      Very much looking forward to April.

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  3. That's one thing I'm not looking forward to is the bug activity. It seems that once we get a warm up the wasps go crazy trying to get stuff ready to build nests. They are every where.

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    1. Wasps aren't so enjoyable... but insect eating fish hitting the surface makes it all worthwhile.

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  4. Enjoyed finding your blog site, Jay. I, too, am a fly-fishing naturalist/writer, catching wild trout today while looking for the first signs of spring-to-be.

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    1. Glad you've enjoyed the blog, and I look forward to sharing more with you in the days ahead. I took a bit of a hiatus last year, but I'd like to think I'm back for good. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

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  5. I couldn't agree more with Jeff, since we are from the same area. Looking at highs in the 50's-60's today and then back to the 20's. Can't wait to see some spring here. Tight lines sir.

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    1. I can't wait for winter to end. As it usually goes down here in the deep South, we'll hardly have a spring before it just gets hot... and you won't hear me complain about that this year.

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  6. My Daffodils began blooming this week; I think Yellow-bellied Sap Suckers are damaging my Live Oak, but nothing, and I mean nothing, is as bad as Wal-mart! Nice FITO, Jay, and hope there are many fish on the end of your tippet!

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    1. Thanks for the comment, FlyFshrGrl. I must admit, I have no idea what "FITO" means though. I've looked it up... and I'm at a loss. Help a brother out.

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    2. Thanks for clarification. The concept certainly isn't new to me... I just didn't have a nifty acronym for it... thanks for that!

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