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Signs of spring! (Bring it ON!)
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 22, 2007 8:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It was another, "Holy @#$@" morning. Walked out to the truck this morning at 6:30 a.m. and got blasted by WARM air!! What a great feeling. Sixty-five degrees sure does feel good.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 22, 2007 8:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It was pretty nice this morning, we had a lot of rain last night and it got rid of the rest of the snow laying around. Nice hard warm rain just what we needed.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 22, 2007 9:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

We got the major rain dump, too. Standing water all over, creeks are raging. It certainly got rid of the snirt piles still remaining and if it stays warm a couple days, will really green things up.

Last night, just before dark, drove into town to get some ice cream. Made the corner on to the pavement. AT LEAST 300 deer foraging around in my next neighbors cornfield. it was getting pretty dark. I am going to go back tonight with camera and tripod so you don't think me a fibber. (my luck they won't be there tonight?)

Driving home 10 minutes later, a solid black WALL to the west, lighting to the ground one bolt after another. "WERE GONNA GET IT! Secure the hatches!" and get it we did!

59 degrees at 11pm last night.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 22, 2007 9:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very Happy Word is that Curt is still in Florida, and that the Kristen D goes in for her 5 year as soon as the ice is clear..
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 22, 2007 11:16 am    Post subject: South Channel Reply with quote

I was totally shocked to wake up this morning and I could still see ice everywhere and no open water. This, after thunder, heavy rain and strong wind. But, now I can report, that only a few hours later, the channel is opening up and I can see a long lead of open water creeping toward the west. It's like looking at the hands on a clock. You can't see it moving but if you look away for a while and look back, you can see a difference. In only a short time we will be able to hear the waves on the beach again.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 22, 2007 2:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Today's signs of spring report by Conis:

Things I got seen:

    Several frogs.
    2 mallard ducks (in pond)
    11 honey bees.
    A mosquito.
    2 flights of cranes, way up there, heading north.
    Lots of chipmunks.
    The thermometer at 64.

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 22, 2007 9:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Heard the spring peepers as I was leaving work today. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 24, 2007 6:09 am    Post subject: spring Reply with quote

Waking to the sounds of birds chirping and not snow plows !!! But why did they have to make DST earlier??
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 26, 2007 9:37 am    Post subject: Ice Fog Reply with quote

Here is a sign of spring that people wouldn't think of unless they lived near a big lake, ice fog. It is created when warm air contacts the ice causing water vapor to be given off. See example:

http://www.bois-blanc.com/phpBB2/album_page.php?pic_id=1576
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 29, 2007 8:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Another sign of spring around my place......the suckers are running in the rivers and so are the perch in the areas around the Saginaw Bay. Always a sure sign of spring for me each year.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 29, 2007 8:43 am    Post subject: Sandhill Cranes Reply with quote

The Sandhill Cranes came honking in this morning. They sure can make a racket. Another welcome sign.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 29, 2007 10:56 am    Post subject: FERRY? Reply with quote

Hello, just wondering if anyone has heard when the first ferry will be running? Also is the ice, snow gone? Thank you Kelly
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 29, 2007 11:09 am    Post subject: Plaunt Reply with quote

Rumor has it that Curt should be back today. Also rumor has it that the boat will not go into drydock. Haven't heard any rumors yet about when the boat will run. Anyone else with more info?
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 29, 2007 11:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

IM SORRY BUT WHAT IS DRY DOCK? THANK YOU
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 29, 2007 11:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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The Sandhill Cranes came honking in this morning.


I've got a nesting pair behind my house that I've been watching for a couple of weeks now so I know what you mean. I've been taking pictures so I'll have to post a few soon.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 29, 2007 12:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Saw my first Phoebe this morning, trying to build a nest in the eve of my garage, just as they do every year.

Insect eaters, so that is a sign winter is DONE. Expect Wrens soon!

How cool to have cranes near where you can walk a little ways to observe. I always thought they likes really remote places? Never seen any on a nest. GET SOME PICTURES!
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 29, 2007 12:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My backyard butts up against a cornfield which borders a woodlot and another hayfield. I live 100 yards from the Shiawasee River. The river flows into a small lake and then into a much larger lake. We have a pond in the backyard area. We get to view all kinds of wildlife from our back deck......geese, blue herrons, deer, coyotes, all kinds of ducks and then this year the sandhill cranes seem to be making a home very close to us. Look for photos to be posted soon.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 29, 2007 2:48 pm    Post subject: A completely new scene out my window Reply with quote

Today marks the day when the scene out my window competely changes over from winter to spring. The ice in the bay is leaving. This normally would happen about two weeks later. See proof:

http://www.bois-blanc.com/phpBB2/album_page.php?pic_id=1581
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 29, 2007 4:26 pm    Post subject: Re: A completely new scene out my window Reply with quote

mikewhite wrote:
Today marks the day when the scene out my window competely changes over from winter to spring. The ice in the bay is leaving. This normally would happen about two weeks later.


Egads! Still looks colder than **** to me! Not to make you feel bad. Six weeks ahead down here. The straits: Long winters, short summers, late springs, late falls. Season lag. Water temp micro climate.

I just saw a bunch of goldfinches on my feeder. Stupid-sporty looking with brilliant yellow popping up through the winter olive color. Molting/Moulting? (sp).

The big #1 question is the ferry. We are poised for invasion!
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 05, 2007 10:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Finally a sighting of robins on the island....of all things when it's snowing. They are huddled on our front porch.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 05, 2007 10:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cindy Riker wrote:
Finally a sighting of robins on the island....of all things when it's snowing. They are huddled on our front porch.


Somewhere I heard they will eat corn meal or mashed up corn flakes if they are really desperate.

Cold here too, 21 and snow on the ground.

Saw a wren yesterday. Not good for those little dudes. Lots of other insect eating birds migrating in the last week. Weather says cold and crappy until further notice, (end of next week?)
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 05, 2007 5:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

SNOW.... What's that????? Think I'll stay in the warmth of Florida a little longer. Laughing
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 05, 2007 11:07 pm    Post subject: pic Reply with quote

Mike ... Good pic to go along with what you were explaining ...

Some may never have seen ice fog ..
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 06, 2007 5:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A sure sign of Spring in Michigan:




I was just cooking on that dang thing 3 days ago.... Shrug
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 08, 2007 7:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I must of depressed some people into silence or something??
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