Wednesday, March 21, 2018

I Guess It's Spring Now

Hello loyal readers. This is The Daily Bone and I'm your windblown doggie reporter 
Chester L. W. Spaniel. 

Supposedly yesterday was the first day of Spring. If you take a look around my yard, there is absolutely no sign of it. The ground is frozen solid and covered with snow in parts. This snow has been melted, frozen, melted, and refrozen a number of times. It's hard and crusty, and not nice to walk on. The sky has a thin cover of clouds that make a halo around the sun. Usually when that happens, it means there's a storm coming our way.

And it's very, very windy. Do you see my ears flapping?

We found some little piles of feathers on the ground this morning. Ghostwriter says they're from a mourning dove that was probably caught by a hawk.

Tail feathers.

Wing feathers.

I did some more snooping around and I found a whole pile of birdie feathers right next to the fence!
Wow! There must be enough to cover an entire mourning dove! I bet the hawk sat right here on the fence and ate that birdie for breakfast. Ghostwriter says she's seen a lot of hawks in her travels lately. It's migration time for them. She's spotted lots of vultures too, and thought she heard an owl hooting in the middle of the night after she came home from work late the other day.

Also this morning, there were two ditzy squirrels under the birdie feeder. They ran away before ghostwriter could take a picture. But then they played a silly, inane game that involved chasing each other round and round the trunk of the silver maple tree. Perhaps it's squirrel (gag) mating season.


You squirrels keep out of my yard!

Gee, I wish those hawks would catch some of those screwy squirrels for a change instead of our nice mourning doves! 

Ahem, where was I?

Oh, here's the science geek part of my report today. Vernal equinox means that the Earth is at a certain spot in it's orbit around the sun, so that the days and nights are of equal length. There's a link at the end of this report where you can get a more detailed explanation.

Spring is usually thought of as the time when flowers bloom and the summer birds arrive from their winter vacations and start singing in the budding trees and bunnies hop around happily and everyone is singing with joy.

In Western NY Spring usually means "Still Winter." (Ghostwriter always laughs at the store ads that show skimpy Easter dresses for sale. Hahaha! You'd have to wear a winter parka over one of those!)

Actually, here is a pretty accurate depiction of the so-called Spring time around here:

Yup! I think I'll keep my nice, warm, furry coat on for at least another six weeks. Please inform my groomer, Miss Jacquie to schedule my Spring buzz cut sometime in May.


  1. We are having snow on the first full day of spring here. We do hope spring finds us. If you see it then tell it where we are.

  2. Well, talking about squirrels, Lightning had one cornered up in one of our two purple ash trees tonight. He just camped out under it and barked and barked. Mom finally got him in, and a half hour later, she let Misty out. Yep, she cornered a squirrel (probably the same dumb one) up the other purple ash. She is back inside now, but Mom learned her lesson. She told Timber he couldn't go out until it was bedtime:)

    Woos - Lightning, Misty, and Timber

  3. We sure hope Spring springs for you soon!!
    Jakey, Arty & Rosy

  4. My momma LUVS Bambi.

    Hope ya get some real spring soon. It wuz in da low 70s here today.

  5. Wouldn't it be wonderful if hawks only dined on squirrel! We hope spring springs in your yard soon, Chester!

  6. We feel your pain Chester. There are spots in our yard where the snow is still about 6 inches deep! The weather peeps this morning say we are supposed to get into the 50's next week. We'll believe it when we feel it.

  7. Oh Chester your area has had one looooooooooooooooooong bout of winter.
    I love the birdie song from Bambi and OMCs that video was hilarious.
    We had snow yesterday too. It didn't stick because Tuesday it was 62 degrees. LOL
    Hugs madi your bfff

  8. We have a lot of hawks here too. And we do hear owls after dusk. Its still not too warm here either, and the wind blows right through peep and fourlegger alike. Brrr!
    We do have about 4 brave crocuses, and a few snowdrops...a hint of things to come.
    At least all our snow is gone, except maybe where it was piled high from the last dump...

  9. I was surprised to see part of your yard without snow, Chester! We don't have spring all the way here, either. We have some blossoms, but also rain. That's a winter thing, here!

  10. What a lovely spring report, C. I feel you with the blowing ears. I have seriously blowing ears at my neighborhood, too. Plus snow galore - with piles still over my head. I can't imagine how they will ever melt....

    Love and licks,

  11. A rainy day here, but maybe a rain snow mix this weekend - ugh - we want spring
    Hazel & Mabel

  12. I can't imagine that hawk munching down on a dove in your yard! How rude!! We think they should snatch a couple of squirrels to teach them a lesson.

  13. You made a very impawtent discovery! We already got our haircuts.

    Keep Calm & Bark On!

    Murphy & Stanley

  14. MOL Chester Element = Elephant too funny Hugs madi your bfff