Thursday, March 22, 2007

Spring Shock

As a native Michigander transplanted to West Virginia (where now a 20-year resident) by way of Scotland and Alaska, I’ve just never quite gotten used to the shock of spring migration in the Mid-Atlantic region. I’m not talking about the unexpected joy of seeing old, familiar birds newly arrived from their winter quarters, but the shock of suddenly going from winter weather to summer weather seemingly overnight. Spring, and the cool, damp weather that I came to associate with it from years spent living in more northern latitudes, can be amazingly abrupt here. I’ve just never gotten used to chasing spring migrants in 70 and 80 degree temperatures and equally high humidity. It just doesn't feel right.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Spring is shocking! For the migration in Texas, I start out in shorts, T-shirt, and sandals in mid April and end up in sandals, shorts, and T-shirt by the time it ends about May 15.

But sacrifices have to be made to enjoy our sport.

March 22, 2007 5:22 PM  
Blogger Larry said...

Never cared for warm weather much myself.-I'll be heading north to The Connecticut Lakes region of New Hampshire in May. It's a bit cooler there.-Good Boreal Species area.

March 22, 2007 9:30 PM  
Blogger LauraHinNJ said...

I like a slow lead-in to spring - warm weather too soon makes the trees leaf out and hides the pretty warblers.


March 23, 2007 12:54 AM  
Blogger John L. Trapp said...

I'm seriously starting to think that maybe I should move back to Michigan and become a UPer.

March 23, 2007 7:04 AM  

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