Spring has sprung

Remember this one?

spring has sprung, the grass is riz, I wonder where the birdies is

All it took was one warm day (55 F), and suddenly it is beginning to look and feel like spring has finally arrived.  The family took a walk at Eagle Lake in Plymouth, MN and discovered the signs:

Everybody's favorite:  pussywillows.  Male catkins were bursting from their sheaths exposing the downy gray fur that helps heat them and speed up pollen development on warm days like today.

Everybody’s favorite: pussywillows. Male catkins were bursting from their sheaths exposing the downy gray fur that helps heat them and speed up pollen development on warm days like today.

The noisy herald of spring is back.  Red-winged blackbird males were setting up territories in the large marsh that encircles Eagle Lake.

The noisy herald of spring is back.  Red-winged Blackbird males were setting up territories in the large marsh that encircles Eagle Lake.

This isn't called a red-winged blackbird for no reason -- the males  use that flashy red, orange and yellow shoulder epaulet to let other males know they mean to stake out an area as their territory.

This bird isn’t called a red-winged blackbird for no reason — the males use that flashy red, orange and yellow shoulder epaulet to let other males know they mean to stake out this area as their territory.

Canada Geese seemed unimpressed with the noisy blackbirds.

Canada Geese seemed unimpressed with the noisy blackbirds.  It’s pretty difficult to spot the blackbirds from this far away,  but there were several in these cattails.

At peace with the world on a lovely spring day.

At peace with the world on a lovely spring day.

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