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    We had a nice break in the weather this week, unfortunately it’s about to end tomorrow. We still have weeks to go until spring but I always smile upon seeing these, once they get put away the worst should be over give or take a few days. How about you?
    Sap season

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    The call of red-winged blackbirds, one of my favorite sounds. Then the sign of true spring, the peepers.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by MattM37 View Post
      The call of red-winged blackbirds, one of my favorite sounds. Then the sign of true spring, the peepers.
      I have an odd ritual with spring peepers. The night I first came home with my hearing aids i stepped out of the garage to a symphony from the swamp across the road. After getting the dogs and kids settled in i went back out to the porch and listened to them for 15 minutes or so, alternately muting the new electronics. I hadn't realized I hadn't actually been able to hear them for years, and with the hearing aids the noise was, well, deafening. I was saddened and thrilled at the same time. I still do the same thing every year.

      Redwinged blackbirds have been a favorite since I was a kid, their sound always reminds me of evening fly fishing in my middle teens.

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      • #4
        Signs of spring I look for:

        First of, we've had a few good frosts, but no killer freezes.
        We need about a 2 inch "toad floater". Then the skies should clear and 2 or 3 days of 5° to 10° weather to kill back bugs.

        Late February or early March, the local "Feed & Grain" will place flats of red, yellow and white onions just outside their front door.

        SPRING IS NEAR!

        Onions and snow peas in the ground, it's time to check turkey activity and dabble around the rip rap at Walker Creek to see if the crappie have started spawning.

        Then, I check the small trees in the yard for leaves, the oil and gas in the riding mower.
        Gotta get busy and change the oil bushings in my old Troybilt.
        Love the odor of freshly tilled dirt.

        Spring ain't REALLY here until the blackberries start blooming.

        ...and I love the spring peepers and the blinking fireflies.

        ...the first few spears of asparagus and a couple of fresh, finger thick green onions sauteed in butter and tossed into a cheese omelet!
        Last edited by FirstBubba; 02-07-2019, 11:27 PM.

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        • #5
          Waiting for the antlers drop and taking some nice long hikes for shed hunting. Also gotta love some of the wild mushrooms. Can’t wait for spring.

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          • #6
            The first robins but sometimes they get here early and get caught in snow storms. I have seen 6" snow fall as late as May 10th in N.Ohio. Getting my boat out of storage is always a happy day.

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            • #7
              I can't wait for the groundhogs to show their face and to dig some ramps.

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              • #8
                Ramps wouldn't happen to be the same as leeks would they?

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                • #9
                  I like seeing women wearing sleeveless tops and showing their legs in shorts or short skirts. Now, that's what brings a smile to my face!

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by PigHunter View Post
                    I like seeing women wearing sleeveless tops and showing their legs in shorts or short skirts. Now, that's what brings a smile to my face!
                    Age will eventually take care of that perpetual state of rut! LOL!

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by FirstBubba View Post

                      Age will eventually take care of that perpetual state of rut! LOL!
                      I hope so. It's most distracting. I'll be 60 this Spring...

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by fitch270 View Post
                        I have an odd ritual with spring peepers. The night I first came home with my hearing aids i stepped out of the garage to a symphony from the swamp across the road. After getting the dogs and kids settled in i went back out to the porch and listened to them for 15 minutes or so, alternately muting the new electronics. I hadn't realized I hadn't actually been able to hear them for years, and with the hearing aids the noise was, well, deafening. I was saddened and thrilled at the same time. I still do the same thing every year.

                        Redwinged blackbirds have been a favorite since I was a kid, their sound always reminds me of evening fly fishing in my middle teens.
                        Yes, it would be downright bizarre to fish a stream in early spring without hearing the blackbirds. Same with chickadees in the woods during wintertime.

                        I think I remember an article by T. Edward Nickens where he says something similar, suddenly discovering all the things he hadn't realized he was missing. I'm headed down that road, probably. I never did all the shooting that does for a lot of guy's hearing, but I spent a few years working sound for metal and punk bands. Yeah, potential hearing loss isn't the only lasting trauma I have from those days.

                        Nice ritual! My mom used to love the peepers, too. Without fail, every time someone said something about spring being here, she'd say, "Nope, haven't heard the peeper's yet!" It's funny, I used to think that they sounded off in the evening, then last year I was fishing a little stream next to a swamp / pond, and they just went at it all day long.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by fitch270 View Post
                          Ramps wouldn't happen to be the same as leeks would they?
                          Yep, ramps are wild leeks. I've never known anyone in New York who does call them ramps. I tried to for a while, but gave it up.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by fitch270 View Post
                            Ramps wouldn't happen to be the same as leeks would they?
                            Yes they are

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                            • #15
                              It's awful, you guys talking about hearing loss.
                              I'm 68 right now and my hearing is, well, so-so.
                              I sometimes surprise myself that I actually heard some faint natural sound* to being oblivious to the artillery barrage from Ft Sill.

                              *A distant turkey gobble, cluck or drumming, a buck grunt, the rustle of a squirrel on tree bark, the whistle of duck wings, the "blurp" of a disappearing bobber

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