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Harbingers of Spring – Burgh Style

Punxsutawney Phil did not see his shadow this year thus predicting an early break to Winter’s stranglehold.  As I look outside my window, however, there is still snow on the ground in pockets and the temperatures are around 39 degrees…not quite spring.  As I travel around Pittsburgh the signs for spring are around…

 

Nothing says “spring” in the Burgh than the plethora of fish sandwiches offered by restaurants and the breaded, jumbo cod sandwich is a welcome sign.  It is amazing how many restaurants in town have the “best” fish sandwich.

Harbingers of Spring Part Deux

Last year I posted about things that let us know that Spring has sprung.  This is technically not an update, just my take on Spring a year later. 

Spring where I live tis the season for potholes.  Most municipalities open tip lines so that concerned citizens can report the most outrageous potholes.  They don’t actually fix the potholes, they just want to know where they should not drive.  This looks like a small hole yet it is obviously very deep.  Fortunately some good Samaritan sunk a shopping cart into the hole to warn their fellow motorists.

Update 2 – Harbingers of Spring

I woke up this morning to a snow-covered lawn and car windows that need scraped.  So much for harbingers of spring.  I should have known that winter had not quite let go as a frequent guest at our feeder, the dark-eyed junco, is still here.  The junco actually winters here and they were at the feeder yesterday.  It is truly spring when I no longer see them.  I did observe a pair of chickadees checking out a nest box that I built in our yard.  A pair raised two broods last year.

Update – Harbingers of Spring

Update March 27, 2009:  Today my favorite spring wildflower started blooming in my garden.  Bloodroot is a little unusual since the flower actually opens before the leaves appear.  You can see the leaves wrapped around the stem of the bloom.   I have been waiting for them for the past week and noticed the sprouts this afternoon, but there were not any blooms.  By the time I grabbed my camera, five had opened.

You may read my original post here.

Harbingers of Spring

Update March 30, 2009:  I woke up this morning to a snow-covered lawn and car windows that need scraped.  So much for harbingers of spring.  I should have known that winter had not quite let go as a frequent guest at our feeder, the dark-eyed junco, is still here.  The junco actually winters here and they were at the feeder yesterday.  It is truly spring when I no longer see them.  I did observe a pair of chickadees checking out a nest box that I built in our yard.  A pair raised two broods last year.