Thinking spring

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    Thought it would be neat to see when we Mainers hear the peepers for the first time this spring, and see the first coltsfoot pop up. I think we all can agree it’s been a pretty long winter so far. Any guesses for dates?
     
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    I'm trying to recall when I first heard them last year but draw a blank. I do remember it took me by surprise. I had fiddleheads on my mind.
    I'm also looking forward to the first cry of the loon.
     
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    I usually hear peepers towards the end of the second week in April.Thats the cue that the smelt are running and the brook trout will be feeding heavily on them around the inlets.
     
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    @MaineFlyfishingGuide , I went back and checked my records for the past five years. The peepers in my area (downeast) have reliably started between the 11th and 23d of April. Friday is forecast to be quite mild, I suspect that will be the day. Should be hearing the song of the Hermit Thrush soon as well!
     
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    Well @x39 , you were right on the money. Heard the peepers tonight, (mid coast)music to the ears after this long winter! Looks like we’re going to get another taste of it this weekend though.
     
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    To be completely honest, despite checking in several locales, no peepers in my area today. It was pretty warm too. I even stepped outside just a moment ago to check again.... silence. It's starting to rain though. Oh yeah, and I saw a Woodcock this afternoon.
     
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    No peepers here in my area.
     
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    @x39 @mainewoods , just curious, what did you have for high temps in your areas today? 61 here. Ospreys returned a couple days ago. I’ve been watching the trees closely for any buds starting.
     
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    @MaineFlyfishingGuide , high temp in the Mason Bay area of Jonesport was 55 degrees. The mid-coast is usually a couple of weeks ahead of us as far as trees budding out, etc.
     
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    I'm down in Mass visiting the grandkids. Peepers loud and clear last evening! Things are turning green.

    :dblthumb: NICE!
     
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    Still no sign of those pesky peepers downeast, despite several warm sunny days. The regular frogs have been at it for a few days now.
     
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    Last night's rain finally got the little guys rockin'!
     
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    Finally heard them last night.

    Saw my first Loon on Friday.

    First tick (actually two) on Thursday.
     
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    Pussy willows and forsythia starting to bloom. Man,we’re really behind this year.
     
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    I heard the Loons this morning!

    Nice!
     
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    I heard my first Hermit Thrush yesterday morning, one of my favorite sounds in nature...

     
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    I saw the Service Berry trees starting to flower in my area today. Saturday the first black flies were out.
     
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