This time last year, the wood frogs were out and had already laid their eggs. As of this morning, the pond where we always find them was completely frozen over. And there's more snow on the way! I can't tell you how happy it made me to put together this post of the things we have blogged about in March in previous years. It gives me faith that winter will end one of these days, and there will be spring beauties, spring peepers, and all kinds of other cool stuff. What have you been seeing lately?
Every year we look for the cheery flowers of the
spicebush as they emerge to light up the understory. It's common throughout our local forests.
Maple flowers aren't as showy, but they're an important source of nectar for early-season pollinators -- and an unexpected spot of springtime color if you know to look for them.
Spring peepers are another pilgrimage-inspiring phenomenon in our household. How are these tiny critters so LOUD? And why are they so hard to find? Last spring we finally figured out how to spot them.
wood frog eggs in March, easily visible in vernal ponds in many of the local parks.
Spring Beauties are not a showy flower, but we find them dainty and adorable. They're one of the first spring ephemerals: perennial flowers that emerge every spring on the forest floor, and they last a little longer than most.
Bittercress is less adorable, but more abundant than spring beauties -- and edible! Throw some in your spring salad mix for a vitamin-packed punch.
yellow-bellied sapsuckers as they feed: they make a series of round holes in a tree's bark, then lap up the sap that comes out -- and the insects that are attracted to it. The yellow-bellied sapsucker is considered a "keystone" species by some ecologists because so many other birds rely on them, following along for their leftovers.
Canada Geese are leaving. We've seen several flocks over the last few days.
Woodcocks are much harder to spot, but they'll put on even more of a show than the sapsuckers and the geese, if you can find them.
Want more? See also the list of things we found on a walk we took in mid-March a couple of years ago.