April is a promise that May is bound to keep.
~ Hal Borland
April’s promise of spring has unfolded in a flurry of activity this month. New growth is everywhere: in the yard and in the woods. Strawberry flowers are already in bloom along the Salt Marsh trail. As much as I look forward to this time of year, it still seems to catch me by surprise. Did I somehow believe it wouldn’t happen?
Bird activity is constant. The chatter is especially noisy in the early morning hours. It’s not unusual to hear a pheasant crowing in the yard at 3:45 am. Grackles, doves, woodpeckers, chickadees, juncos, sparrows and robins hang out around the feeder well past our supper time.
The squirrels are either chasing each other around, eating at the feeder or scolding intruders. Their presence is made known throughout the day.
Spider threads and webs are everywhere in the woods, created in anticipation of the black flies and mosquitoes that are surely going to be out in full force soon. The insects will also provide food for the baby birds soon to be hatched.
He that is in a towne in May loseth his spring.