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Leaf-Out (Any Species)

Date: 02/01/2022

Bosc Pear and White Oak are showing leaf tips, the live oaks never lost all their leaves this year but even the old, hardened off ones are turning a bright shade with the turning season. Male Blue Birds have been seen. Daffodils have leaves and one has a bud-stalk. Lupines are showing above ground. Tulips are showing above ground. Swainson's, Hermit and common wood thrush males are claiming territory. The Robin males were joined by the females about a week ago (duly reported here at the time) and the senior males are starting to claim territories...loudly.

So are crows, blue jaws, owls, osprey, cardinals and several other breeds of non-migrating birds.

There are so many signs of spring here it's hard to pick one to point at. Tree moss (carpet variety) has gone from winter shades of dark green or brown to a vivid shade of bright green.

I've seen mushrooms in pastures sticking up their heads.

Eastern North Carolina has had a mild, brief winter but the return of robins and blue birds means but one thing...especially with local year-round songbirds and several predators, all exhibiting mating behaviors.

Clarkton, NC

Latitude: 34.5 Longitude: -78.6

Observed by: Jane
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