Spring has Finally Sprung in Quebec

GUEST BLOGGER: NICOLE RICHER

In Southern Quebec, winter is long, cold and snowy. This year, spring arrived later than usual. In April, the Song Sparrow still had his feet deep in snow, but things changed quickly. A month later a Coleoptera was already grazing in full sun. Nature changes fast and we have to keep our eyes open to capture its splendor and be mindful of What is Happening Outside.

Song Sparrow by Nicole Richer

Song Sparrow by Nicole Richer

Nowadays, tree buds are puffing out and dandelions are spreading all over the lawn. The Northern blue butterfly is spreading its wings in a dance. The arching stems of the Bleeding Hearts are in full bloom and the perennials are growing in all sorts of greenish colors. It is getting beautiful by the minute!

Bleeding Heart by Nicole Richer

Bleeding Heart by Nicole Richer

Besides bird activities mentioned in my first post, we must not forget the frogs and toads. The pond is presently occupied by 5 frog species: the Wood Frog, the American Toad, the Green Frog, the Western Chorus Frog and the loudest of them of all, the Green Treefrog. Each species has his unique croak, so when they decide to call, it is like asking 5 rock n' roll stars to sing their own hit... at the same time! Quite cacophonous!

Green Frog by Nicole Richer

Green Frog by Nicole Richer

Some nights, it is hard to find sleep, but I say to myself: "I am blessed to have all these guys in my backyard".