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Written by Fran Severn   
Monday, 28 February 2011 15:57


I know we’re being set up. I know we always get one last big blast of winter in March (usually on St. Patrick’s Day). But the signs of spring are starting to appear.

  1. My allergies are acting up. I sneezed 23 consecutive times the night before last and my nose is dripping like a leaky faucet.
  2. The horses are blowing out their winter coats. The foal still looks like a Wooly Mammoth, but that’s Mother Nature’s way of protecting him from that last blast. But one pass along the neck of my big gelding and the nubs on the curry comb disappear. The sparrows are collecting the hair to line their nests.
  3. I passed a battered pick-up laden with unstable towers of crab pots rolling down Rt. 413 towards Crisfield.
  4. I heard a solitary spring peeper this morning and an osprey over the lake this afternoon.
  5. We’re expecting a thunderstorm.
  6. NPR was discussing the hunting technique of mosquitoes.
  7. The baby bald eagles are ready to hatch at Blackwater. (Watch them on Eaglecam!)


Yep, spring is in the air. But I’m not putting away the boots or snow shovel just yet. I know the adage of Eastern Shore weather: if you don’t like it, wait five minutes and it will change!


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