Spring, Whether Early or Late

My Favorite Signs of Spring

By Jeff Salter

This week, we’re blogging about the signs of spring. This year – as in at least a few of the 12 years I’ve lived here in KY – we have some premature spring-like weather during February.

Yep — sandwiched in between snow and rain and cold, we’ve had several isolated days with temperatures up in the 70s and beautiful sunshine. And on those days, we’ve already been able to spend some time out on the front porch, in our shirtsleeves!

Temperate weather has got the birds and flowers (and budding trees) all confused.

Like most or all of the other years in which we’ve had several “early” Spring days, these deceivers will likely be followed by at least one more lengthy spate of cold weather. Down where I used to live – Louisiana – such would be called the “Easter Snap”… meaning a final snap of winter weather. In some cases, so intense that it would harm (or even kill) those early buds or shoots.

But back to our topic: my favorite signs of spring.

I love the sounds of birds chirping. Presumably they chirp at other times of the year, but I’m probably not outside to hear them. But nothing says “Spring” (to me) better than bird chirps.


Having an indoor pet bird lets you hear the sounds of Spring year-round. Shown here by the sweet, piano-playing daughter of my lovely friend at church.

In previous years, here at 4F1H, I’ve attempted to wax eloquently about the season of Spring, whether early or late. Below are some of the pertinent links. The first one even includes an original poem!

Previous posts about Spring

Images From Spring
Things I Borrow From Nature
[includes an original poem]

Spring Tonic
Time to Open the Windows Again

What about YOU? Which signs of Spring really grab you?

[JLS # 372]


About Jeff Salter

Currently writing romantic comedy, screwball comedy, and romantic suspense. Fourteen completed novels and four completed novellas. Working with three royalty publishers: Clean Reads, Dingbat Publishing, & TouchPoint Press/Romance. "Cowboy Out of Time" -- Apr. 2019 /// "Double Down Trouble" -- June 2018 /// "Not Easy Being Android" -- Feb. 2018 /// "Size Matters" -- Oct. 2016 /// "The Duchess of Earl" -- Jul. 2016 /// "Stuck on Cloud Eight" -- Nov. 2015 /// "Pleased to Meet Me" (novella) -- Oct. 2015 /// "One Simple Favor" (novella) -- May 2015 /// "The Ghostess & MISTER Muir" -- Oct. 2014 /// "Scratching the Seven-Month Itch" -- Sept. 2014 /// "Hid Wounded Reb" -- Aug. 2014 /// "Don't Bet On It" (novella) -- April 2014 /// "Curing the Uncommon Man-Cold -- Dec. 2013 /// "Echo Taps" (novella) -- June 2013 /// "Called To Arms Again" -- (a tribute to the greatest generation) -- May 2013 /// "Rescued By That New Guy in Town" -- Oct. 2012 /// "The Overnighter's Secrets" -- May 2012 /// Co-authored two non-fiction books about librarianship (with a royalty publisher), a chapter in another book, and an article in a specialty encyclopedia. Plus several library-related articles and reviews. Also published some 120 poems, about 150 bylined newspaper articles, and some 100 bylined photos. Worked about 30 years in librarianship. Formerly newspaper editor and photo-journalist. Decorated veteran of U.S. Air Force (including a remote ‘tour’ of duty in the Arctic … at Thule AB in N.W. Greenland). Married; father of two; grandfather of six.
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13 Responses to Spring, Whether Early or Late

  1. Great, Jeff. You know I have a soft spot for poetry. Colorado always had a spell of warm weather in February. I was in a short-sleeved, thin cotton shirt when I went to the hopspital to have my oldest son, on February 6th, (34 years ago).
    Birds chirping are something that struck me right away in KY.Goodness, “And the birds make music all the day”, as Stephen Foster wrote in “My Old Kentucky Home” is right on target!

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  2. jbrayweber says:

    We’ve got that warm weather going on now and I’m not complaining one bit. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that this is NOT an Easter snap! I have to agree with you. My favorite part of Spring is the birds. I swear they are more cheerful, like they are super excited by the sun and warmer weather. They chatter and sing and chatter and sing. Their joy is infectious. I also love the bright, bright colors of green everywhere. It’s that fresh, vibrancy you can only see at the first blush of spring. And clover. I love the massive patches of clover.

    Great topic!

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  3. What a great photo! The Easter Snap, I always wait for that before I put away our winter clothes.

    I think that a lot of people notice the chirping of the birds in spring because you don’t really hear it all winter.

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    • Jeff Salter says:

      we used to put out some wild bird seed on our rear deck during the winter… but somewhere along the line, I just began to forget and eventually stopped.


  4. Patricia Kiyono says:

    The young lady must be an accomplished player for the bird to come and settle on her head to listen! I like to listen to birds, too, although I really can’t tell one from another.

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  5. Joselyn says:

    Those early warm snaps mess everyone up. We had some 60 degree days earlier this week and now I have to remind the kids that they need to wear coats and boots to school because it is still winter!

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