Ramblings from the MountainsMarch 7 | Posted by writer | News, Opinion Tags: Bette Sherman, Guest Column
Guest column by Bette Sherman
Robins on the lawn – Robins on the lawn
Yep, they were all over the lawn this morning. Must have been 30 of them and when I went for a walk there were tiny green things, about 2 inches high, pushing up. These little green things are growing from bulbs that are 4 to 6 inches down. This means that those little green things that are poking out of the ground are really 6 to 8 inches high. They had to start growing when we were knee deep in snow and the temperature reached a little above freezing for a high.
HOW did they know to start their journey upward??
I have probably asked that question before, but no one has ever told me the answer, so I guess I will continue to ask every year about this time. I never ceases to amaze me.
Maybe they communicate with each other because they all do it at the same time. OK, is there a bulb leader? (is it elected or did it inherit the position?)
The pond is full of pollywogs. If they all grow into frogs we shall have a plague that rivaled Egypt’s; and last night, over in the fishpond the big frogs were singing. When I got too close they all became silent.
I am watching a crow fish. I thought he was getting a drink of water, but he’s fishing, or froging, or tadpoling.
A polliwog is a young frog that only has a tail. A tadpole is the young frog once it grows out it’s legs.
Have you found the web site JOURNEY NORTH? http://www.learner.org/jnorth/
It is full of information on migration of robins, hummingbirds, monarch butterflies, whopping cranes, gray whales, and a host of other interesting sites and facts.
Bette Sherman is a favorite of the Georgia Mountain Beacon and is a regular contributor. She is retired and is a pet-sitter who loves to write.