Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Tell Me It's Spring!


The past couple of days here have been downright springlike.
Walking around the garden I could see 'the signs' alright!

But it is early January not late March.


Here is an 'old', what I believe to be, Hummingbird's nest.
It was hidden inside the Ornamental Crabapple Tree.


It was very tiny....say 3 inches by 4 inches.....and very well-made
with what looks to be woolen yarn and bits of twigs and leaves
from the garden.


We had not noticed this last summer but will look here  this summer 
for a new one.


I usually gauge the outdoor temperature by looking at the Rhododendron leaves.


If they are 'open' and fleshy it is above 0C.
If they are skinny and shriveled up it is below 0C.
On this day as you can see, they are very 'springlike'. 


After checking out the garden, I took Sophie to the beach.
Another springlike sign there........fog.


The air temperature was higher than the ground temperature
 thus producing a lot of fog.


Knowing this province's weather well, when we get this type of weather this time of year
we call it the January thaw.......knowing full-well that winter is not finished with us.

So Sophie and I had only one thing to do.......enjoy this while we can along the 
Atlantic View View Trail (which is part of the Trans Canada Trail System).




23 comments:

  1. Ugh! Measuring spring-like by above or below ZERO!!! You're of much heartier stock than I.

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    1. How soon these 'New Englanders' lose their heartiness!! lol

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  2. Could it be, Jim? Is it here? Oh, spring, where are you?? We're being fooled here, as well; the temperature has risen above zero and the snow is melting. It seems we have a January thaw every year where we are given hope of spring's arrival, and then the temperature comes crashing down at one point, taking our hope with it! LOL... Well, at least we're halfway through January. Beautiful photos! I love that little nest. Perhaps it is from a hummingbird. That last photo of Sophie with the sign over her is spectacular!

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    1. I Know Martha....up and down like a yo-yo! But this IS what happens every year and we forget and wish it was otherwise.

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  3. Winter holds many surprises for us this year!

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    1. That is does Sharon. Have a good day.

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  4. I hear a House Finch singing in my area

    Don't think the nest is hummingbird. They do not use twigs in their nest cup, only spider silk and lichens and plant fluff. At most they are perhaps 2 inches across. Look for kinglet vireo or warbler for this one

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    1. Marti, I am SO glad you are here today!! I was hoping you could identify this nest....if anyone could, you can! Thanks so much! I'll be looking for both of these in the spring.

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  5. rhodies sure tell the weather. we had a big thaw but the arctic temps arrive tonight again.

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    1. They sure do jaz! We are very mild here for the next few days.
      Stay warm!

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  6. Looks like a lovely walk in the fog.

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    1. It actually was Inger....and I don't usually like the fog.

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  7. Jim, your header is a gorgeous composition of Nature's magnificent greens. Oh, but that walk seems about as perfect as it gets during winter -- strange as it's been this year. Happy New Year to you and yours!

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    1. Hi Kittie! Good to see you!
      That 'header' photo was SOOC (Straight Out Of Camera). The light that morning was very unusual and I thought it may not be any good.
      I love our January Thaw......time to re-energize for the next couple of months of winter.

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  8. I wish it was spring already! The nest is really fascinating, looks like a lovely walk in the foggy mist :)

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    1. You aren't the only one Hayley-Eszti! We will see it, I hope, in April.
      Fog is so strange to walk in, I feel.......something mystical about it.

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  9. ITS SPRING! (I'm so obedient, right?)

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    1. Of course, Bobbi! Whatever you say! lol
      You must have spring a lot earlier than us, right?

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  10. Gosh - I'm enjoying your Jan thaw, too! What pics! The wind is howling here, and we've gotten 2' of snow in 2 days. I see Sophie is bootless.

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    1. See you in the spring Barb!! If you can get out!! 2' of snow! But hey, you are up in the mountains....must be so beautiful! And I am off to your blog now to check it out!! great to see you.

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  11. Fascinating little avian structure. Wonder who made it?

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  12. Pat, I had not seen one like this before...only robin's nests. According to Marti, above, and she does know 'her stuff', it is probably a Kinglet, or a Vireo or a Warbler's nest. Will have to be more 'on the lookout' this spring.

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  13. I'm thinking there's more winter on the way, Jim! For you three and us! Hey, I got a set of circular knitting needles. The clerk showed me how to use them. And I found little plastic circles to use for counters ~ way, way easier than clothespins! LOL.

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