What is your official spring sign? The thing you see or feel that makes spring officially here for you.
Is it the geese flying by everywhere you go: in twos, in threes, in huge flocks?
Is it the beavers emerging from the water at Glory Hills for snacks to avoid eating their least favourite food, alder (or so Rocky says ;)) that was stored strategically to be eaten last?
Or is it the first sighting of a blooming crocus or budding pussy willows?
It is hard to put my finger on my official spring sign. I think it is when, like a switch went off, the entire landscape appears to spring to life with greenery, songbird melodies, and mammals bounding about.
It is always interesting to hear what people use as a gauge to determine when they canofficially embrace spring. Here in Edmonton, one can not be too careful!
Here are some official spring signs I have heard of from friends:
- combination of sun shine, rubber boots, and spring coats
- seeing the first gull has returned
- first rain storm – like an actual rain storm, not one of those retched freezing rain winter storms
- the “at least two false springs” rule of thumb: 3rd warm spell’s the charm!
- huge flocks of snow geese and swans passing by