Spring has definitely sprung with birds coming and going.
Many bird species visit for a specific period of time each year. The slate-colored juncos arrive in November, stay for the winter and head north in April.
The juncos leave about the same time as when the ruby-throated hummingbirds come from the south to spend spring, summer and early fall here. The final day we saw juncos in our yard was April 25. White-throated sparrows are also winter visitors that head north in early spring.
Spring arrived March 20, but some days I wonder if it is really here. We’ve had temperatures vary from the high-30s to some days in the mid-80s.
If it weren’t for seeing harbingers of the season such as birds gathering building materials for nests, trees pushing out their leaf buds, ephemeral wildflowers appearing among the old leaves of fall, and male spring peepers calling for mates, I at times would question whether spring has sprung.
Last of four parts
The responses to my request for pet stories from readers of “Bud’s View” in the Lehigh Valley Press newspapers and web sites was wonderful. I believe there were more responses for this topic than when I asked my readers to share their squirrel frustration stories.
The final installment of the readers’ pet stories series was sent in by Gloria Hieter:
“I read your articles all the time and was so emotional when I read your article about Bear, Blue and Charcole.
Third of four parts
Editor’s Note: Here are some more favorite pet stories from readers of the Lehigh Valley Press.
Debbie Garlicki of Breinigsville sent in this pet story:
“My husband and I read your columns and love them in the Parkland Press. We’re glad to see you are back. Your column about Little Bear, Charcole and Blue was very touching.
Editor’s note: This is the second of three columns based on abridged versions of readers’ stories about their pets in response to a “Bud’s View” column about the emotional stresses individuals and families face when a pet dies. That column, “The Pets That Rescue Us,” is available on The Focus page of The Press web site, Aug. 31, 2016.
If you read my Focus column regularly, you know I often referred to Blue, Bev’s and my pet English springer spaniel. Blue introduced himself to his readers in his first column. The column was called “Blue’s View.” Sound familiar?
In a previous “Bud’s View” column, I wrote about the emotional stress my wife Bev and I faced each time one of our pets died.
I discussed the heartbreak we experienced when we lost our dogs, Bear and Blue, and our cat, Charcole, in the Aug. 31, 2016 “The Pets That Rescue Us” column.
The following stories were sent in by Lehigh Valley Press readers of “Bud’s View.” This is the first of several columns based on abridged versions of their stories.
There is a natural schedule of signature color changes that our native trees follow each fall season. We are all familiar with the vivid autumn colors.
The flowers that trees produce, however, bloom from early spring, like the tulip tree, to the unusual witch-hazel, which blooms from October often into March.
Witch-hazel is also known in some areas as snapping hazelnut, spotted alder and winter-bloom. They grow throughout northeast and southeast North America from Florida to Nova Scotia and the Great Lakes to Texas.
This is a great time of the year for talking turkey since the holiday season’s main food staple on most family dinner tables is turkey. In today’s fast-paced world, unlike the early settlers, very few of these gatherings will be dining on wild turkey.
I began writing as a hobby about a year before I retired as an elementary school teacher. The following has been tweaked over the past 15 years or so. I’ve had requests each holiday season from readers and friends to see it again. It contains new information.
I adapted the holiday story poem, “The Night before Christmas” by Clement C. Moore, adding natural history information about the winter habits of Keystone State’s mammals.
The list of Pennsylvania mammals that are true hibernators, the ones who go into a coma-like state during the winter, is very short.
The Lehigh Valley region’s fall migration is just about finished. A few raptors, like the bald eagle, can still be seen gliding past Hawk Mountain observation points. In most cases, the birds that fly south from the area and the birds that fly south to our region for the winter have settled in.
When I hear the word migration, I immediately think of the north and south movement of birds during spring and fall. But there are other animals that migrate.