Besides the obvious signs such as muddy doggy footprints on the white carpet and losing our car in the enormous potholes--spring seems to be on the immediate horizon.
Today, each of our approximately, 30, yes 30 and maybe more birdhouses are filled with new bird couples readying their little homes for their next brood of babies. All over the yard, Robins, Finches, Sparrows, wrens, Nuthatches, Bluebirds, Grosbeaks and many others fritter about grabbing bits of string, twigs, grass and other filler to build their nests.
What a delight for us after the gloomy and frigid days of winter to hear the melodious chirping of so many different varieties of birds. Of course, the onset of spring would not be complete without us purchasing a few more homes, bird seed and feeders for our little feathered friends.
The odd thing is, they seem so happy to see us and don't mind when we putter about in the yard. Too bad our human counterparts aren't as welcoming and cheerful, isn't it?