The middle of spring means central Ohio is just out of the no-man’s -land of early spring, where winter still had a parting shot or two left for us.  This isn’t to say that we’re home-free now- one never knows- but despite some chilly weather, the rapid growth of plant life is an unmistakable sign that warm weather is winning.  And the growing amount of birds and other creatures agree.

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The world is greening rapidly now.

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Mayapple has appeared on the forest floor.

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Brambles are leafing out.

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Trees are flourishing rapidly.

A host of bright blooms have pushed up from beneath the leaf litter:

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Other things have emerged:

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These young Gray Squirrels are starting to brave the great outdoors- what a scary place!

Some familiar warm-weather friends are back:

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Some birds are preparing to raise their young:

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A Song Sparrow, singing to attract a mate or to defend a territory.

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This male Turkey gobbled and displayed for nearby Turkey ladies.

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Many a nest is being built this month.

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This Titmouse quivered its wings, lowering her head with beak open- its mate was nearby, finding food to feed her.  This reinforces pair bonding.

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Bluebirds and Tree Swallows compete for nesting boxes- this back-and-forth went on for a while!

Other birds are migrating through the area, heading north, some coming from far South America where they wintered over.  Bonus points for naming them!

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This is a fast-moving time for plants, animals, and birds.  It’s hard to believe it happened so fast, after months of cold.

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