And with it comes heavy rain that's been pounding our little corner of the BC wilderness. Three days (and nights) of solid rain. S.O.G.G.Y.
It's stopped for now and the upcoming week looks cloudy but warm.
My Fella starts back at the golf course tomorrow, helping the grounds crew prep for the season. There's a lot of work to be done even before maintenance of the greens and fairways. Things I never really thought of...
Tall trees on the course are chopped down, chainsawed, and hauled away to the firewood pile. Some of the trees are just weak and need to be taken out; others grew in clumps, blocking the sun so the ground never drys properly.
My Fella and I have both been doing spring clean-up down at the lake campground - raking campsites and chopping back brush.
And although our RV lot is soggy, I've started cleaning the flower beds. Can't just sit on my hands - it's SPRING!
the front bed is still a mess of wet leaves and dead grasses
but the portulaca bed is now clean and ready for sunshine
Biggest sign of spring around our place is my nail scrubby duck, who is also impatient to start working. He's been moping around the RV like a teenage zombie - gazing blankly out the window, waiting for spring and for me to get my hands dirty ...
In other bird news, I googled 'showy mountain ash' this morning for info on pruning our tree and came across this news story.
It's almost six months old so you've probably already heard, but apparently a flock of rowdy Canadian birds have been getting wasted on mountain ash berries.
Birds in Yukon are getting tipsy on fermented berries, so Environment Yukon has set up an avian drunk tank where they can sober up safely.
With snow on the ground, birds are eating all they can before the colder weather ahead, and Bohemian waxwings love to eat mountain ash berries.
"What happens around this time of year is that after the frost, the berries will ferment and so the birds actually can get a little intoxicated from eating these berries and they do in fact get drunk," said Meghan Larivee with the animal health unit at Environment Yukon.
Tipsy birds have a harder time controlling their flight movements, and like people, their co-ordination under the influence is wonky. It can even be deadly.
"So they're flying around but they're not as good at avoiding obstacles," Larivee said. "Hitting windows is not uncommon."
If you come across a little bird that is drunk or unconscious, Environment Yukon will take it and put it in a holding tank of sorts — a hamster cage, "so they can sober up until they are able to be released," said Larivee. :)
I really do learn something new every day.