February 3, 2013
Despite the hard, cold grip of winters here in Wasco County, spring always shows itself quite early. This year is no exception.
The chickadee is already singing its spring song, and although I haven't checked just lately chances are good the grass widow is flowering down by the Columbia river. Yesterday I noticed a ground squirrel out and about, a sure sign of warming temperatures and longer days.
The pine siskin is here year round, and is pictured enjoying a moment in the sun. I've not seen any leaves unfurled, but the willow buds are swelling.
It's a joy to see the evidence of winters' end, the conclusion of what meteorologists have officially declared a "colder then normal January" here in Oregon.