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February in Ohio.

February 18, 2012

It’s late winter now, and while the weather can still be quite cold, what I like to call pre-spring is in the air.  Enough with those dreary days- that’s getting old now!

The sun is seems warmer when it shines on my face.  But probably the most noticeable change this month is the sound of birds singing once more.

Cardinals, Titmice, House Finches, Song Sparrows- their familiar songs are once again sounding in the morning air, readying for the spring nesting season coming up soon.  Even Bluebirds have gotten into the act, and they’re scouting out nesting boxes.

Robins are noticeable, still in flocks but starting to have an eye for establishing their territory to attract a mate and raise another generation.

Waterfowl are stirring, they’ll be raising ducklings and goslings soon enough.

Winter birds, this is your last month of solid winter weather.  Many will be restless next month for a change of scenery.  Others are due for a change of brighter feathers soon.

Those very early bloomers, Snowdrops, are prominent in certain spots if you know where to look for them.  They’re not blooming yet, but by looking at them, buds and flowers are not far off.

Snow becomes less likely as the temperature creeps up, but one is foolish if you think Ohio cannot throw a lot more at you.  Spring is coming, but is not here yet.

Hang in there.  This’ll all be gone (sooner or later).  Promise!

23 Comments leave one →
  1. February 18, 2012 10:45 pm

    Beautiful captures! What a mild and unusual winter this has been!

  2. February 18, 2012 11:10 pm

    You are so much closer to spring than we are, or perhaps birds winter there that are summer-only visitors here. We are still getting a little snow each night.

    • February 18, 2012 11:18 pm

      We’re definitely not in the mountains here Montucky, so I believe you! Also, as Margie said, it’s been a warm winter here, following the rainiest year on record. So the weather hasn’t quite been itself lately.

  3. February 18, 2012 11:21 pm

    Great post, great photos! The birds are getting restless around here as well. I think the mourning doves are nesting already! That doesn’t mean that we aren’t in for a lot more snow though, some of the heaviest snowfalls occur in March. I think I may have left an earlier comment about the March 2008 snowfall there in the Columbus area, that was not a fun day!

    • February 18, 2012 11:28 pm

      Oh yeah! I’ll never forget an April snowstorm that left a foot of snow here…it’s never a sure thing to leave snow behind until May. Funny you mention Mourning Doves, I heard one repeatedly cooing outside my window this morning when I woke up. Seems a little bit early, but with it warmer than normal, everyone’s a little impatient!

  4. February 18, 2012 11:53 pm

    Lovely shots! I can’t wait for a little spring color.

  5. February 19, 2012 1:41 am

    Lovely images that really capture the fading winter. The birds are singing here too… robins mainly, both morning and evening. It’s wonderful to see and hear the first signs of spring.

  6. February 19, 2012 4:38 am

    Lovely, lovely photos. The light in the photo of the leaves by the road is exquisite. Also love the one of the little cream and brown bird on the branch surrounded by the tan colored leaves. (Sorry, I will probably never get bird identification.) 🙂

    And thinking of late winter as pre-spring is a wonderful way to look at it!

  7. February 19, 2012 7:57 am

    Great post, and wonderful spring-like photos, Tracy. I enjoyed them all. 🙂

  8. February 19, 2012 9:23 am

    Great captures. Love the lighting in some of these photos and your bird pics are wonderful as usual.

  9. February 19, 2012 1:16 pm

    I love the picture of the shadow cast by the small lump of snow! And the little bird sitting on the birdhouse… Yesterday we went for a walk in a state park and heard what sounded like dozens of birds chirping in the reeds by a cove. Lingered there a bit, but not one of them made an appearance. 🙂 Spring does seem to be in the air way too early…

  10. February 19, 2012 1:36 pm

    Pre-spring is a great term for this time of year! I can smell spring in the air; it’s not quite here yet but I’ve got blooms and the air smells different. It really won’t be long:-)

  11. February 19, 2012 7:37 pm

    A nice quiet walk into the woods on a sunny morning will reveal that Spring is lying just underneath the grayness of Winter, just waiting.

  12. February 19, 2012 7:40 pm

    Absolutely beautiful! I’ve noticed the birds singing, too, and wondered if was new or something I had just been missing.

  13. February 20, 2012 1:35 am

    We have some wintry weather tonight, but it doesn’t appear it will last long, at least not this wave. Lovely photos, as always!

  14. February 20, 2012 6:18 am

    Hi. I’ve noticed the birds singing too, each morning a few more. I laughed at the chunk of snow in your photo. I also like the beech leaves… they just don’t let go. The little red leaf in that photo looks like it could be a person walking on the road. Pleasant post!!! Jane

  15. February 20, 2012 4:14 pm

    Hi Watching Seasons, Nice post today! I especially enjoy the picture of the Crow in the snowy branches! Have a wonderful evening and a great coming week ahead!

  16. February 26, 2012 3:10 pm

    Thanks for the great comments, everyone!

  17. February 26, 2012 6:53 pm

    As usual, your photographs are spectacular!!!

  18. March 10, 2012 7:42 am

    My favorite is the fence in the frosty field. Jane

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