Neighborhood Nature

Our Family's Nature Blog

Closer to Spring in Columbus Park February 24, 2009

Filed under: Animals,Birds,Plants,Seasons,Spring,Trees,Wildflowers — saltthesandbox @ 4:54 pm
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On my lunchtime walk through Columbus Park, I found a few more signs that spring is inching closer.

In the Austin meadow, I heard a Song Sparrow sing. It’s been two months since we last saw this bird in Columbus Park, and much longer since we heard one sing.

A recording of its song is here: Song Sparrow from the All About Birds website.
(To hear the song, you need Quicktime installed on your computer.)

To read more about the birds we see in Columbus Park, check out this page.

Behind the Refectory, I found tiny green leaves poking up through bare soil, surrounded by snow:

Soon these plants will sprout buds, then flowers.

Soon these plants will sprout buds, then flowers.

In one place soil had washed away, and I could see how the leaves sprout from underground bulbs:

Tiny bulbs sprouting tiny leaves. The biggest bulb is a centimeter across.

Tiny bulbs sprout tiny leaves. The biggest bulb is less than a centimeter across.

To see what these plants look like as they develop buds, go here.

To see what the flowers look like when the buds open, go here.

The trees are also making progress, especially the Weeping Willow by Columbus Park lagoon:

The buds on Weeping Willow twigs have been slowly swelling and deepening their color.

The buds on these Weeping Willow twigs have been slowly swelling and deepening their color.

A treeful of leaves and flowers will emerge from these tiny buds.

 

2 Responses to “Closer to Spring in Columbus Park”

  1. Michele Says:

    Loved this. I went walking on Sunday on the Northwest side of Chicago and noticed lots of little green things coming up. I will look forward to watching the progress of your nature blog. I used to play at Columbus Park when I was little! Thanks for sharing it!

  2. Charlotte Briggs Says:

    Your wife is right, this is a lovely blog! I will pass it along.
    Thanks, and best wishes,
    Charlotte


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