Here are their replies, and - full disclosure, this is by no means a random survey!
"We watch the thickness of the fur on our donkeys. They shed as they sense warmer weather coming. No shedding...there will be more winter weather coming." ~ Holly and Dan Neal, Piece Of Heaven Ranch
|Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, by Laura Cooper|
|Monarch, by Carl Hill|
"Suddenly the American Goldfinch are no longer flocking to our bird feeders - they have left for their nesting grounds."
|American Goldfinch - Winter Plumage, by Phil McGuire|
"I look for two things. First for American Robins (there were twenty or more in my yard this morning in late January). and for buds on the redbud and pear trees. Those two things are usually good and reliable signs in my experience." ~ Bert Garcia
|Robin with Berry, by Donna Niemann|
"My wife, Sharon, always associates her brother's birthday which is on Groundhog Day with the coming of Spring. I watch for the Trout Lilies in our local forest, as a sign of the coming annual rebirth of nature. By emerging in February this small flower gets a jump on other plants. For a few weeks, the Trout gathers all the sunshine it needs for the year before the majestic trees of forest fill out canopy." ~ David Parrish.
Lee Hatfield agrees, "Blooming trout lilies are a sure sign that Spring is coming! I also watch for the Dickcissels at the Hagerman!"
|Trout Lily, by Lee Hatfield|
|Henbit, by Linn Cates|
Several Master Gardeners who volunteer at the Refuge weighed in:
"I know it's spring when the weeds begin to green up my yard! Rats! That is still winter in Texas!"
|Budding tree branches|
What signs of Spring do you watch for? Add yours in the Comments!
Note: Our average annual last frost date is March 21 - 31. Don't put your winter gear away yet!