Noises of Spring

Yesterday morning's snow was gone by afternoon, and on a walk down the driveway when I stopped to listen, I could hear the melt water trickling out of the bank above the road.

Without a lot of snow this year, there was little or no insulation on the ground, and between that and the wildlife and dog traffic on the game trails, they stayed iced over for quite a while. It's only been in the last week or so that I've been able to get beyond the "you can't get there from here" ice on the ground to get out and take the dogs for a walk.

This morning I took the dogs for a hike up to the spring above the house. Going up the hill there were places in the draw were the runoff was above ground, but most of the trickle is at the spring. It flows or seeps year round, but below we only see water at this time of year. The stronger spring Spring runoff is down by the well, with the section below the well in pretty good flow.

After I got back to the house a large flock of pine siskins was making a lot of racket in the trees below the house. The mourning doves are also back, and I've heard the great horned owls in the very early morning.