It Wasn't The Nicest Day, But It's Still Spring.
<![CDATA[It was another cloudy and cool day today in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Gloomy would be a good word to describe it. But it's Spring , so when I had some free time after work, I decided to walk out to the railroad tracks near my house to see what I could see. <a href="https://www.keepyoureyespeeled.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/railroad-tracks-hike-33.jpg"><img class="size-medium wp-image-49244 alignleft" src="https://www.keepyoureyespeeled.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/railroad-tracks-hike-33-300x200.jpg" alt="railroad tracks hike -33" width="300" height="200" /></a>
As a result of the cool, wet weather we’ve been having most of the trees were still bare but some of them, especially the willows and birch were developing their first leaves. it won’t be long until more of the trees join them.
Once on the tracks I spotted a pair of white throated sparrows in the brush along the railroad tracks. They may have arrived with the large flock I saw last week and decided to stay in our area. I am glad they did. They are pretty birds.
I will admit, although it is May, it felt more like March today so I wasn’t going to stay outside long. I headed back noticing a few more plants coming back to life despite the cool temperatures, including the sweetfern buses.
Another common plant in our area, which will grow quite large was also starting to sprout out and spread along the paths, common burdock. You may know it from the burrs it produces in late summer and early fall.
It wasn’t the type of May day we were waiting for all Winter, but it’s still Spring and, regardless of the weather, there is always something new to see if you get out and look for it. Here is a link to some more photographs from my hike. https://www.keepyoureyespeeled.net/photographs-page-2/nggallery/photographs-page-two-blog/railroad-hike-may-5-2016