This strange photo shows something it really shouldn’t: an insect that doesn’t belong in my region in my house in February.
The same day that I took this photo, I was walking my dog and I heard the unmistakable calls of grackles. Sure enough, the next morning, I saw one strutting around on a neighbor’s lawn.
That may not seem strange where you live, but for me, it’s a full 3 weeks earlier than grackles have ever returned in the spring. I guess that means spring is definitely here–again though, that’s much too early.
While you will never find me complaining about warmth and the end of winter, particularly as a gardener, when birds return 3 weeks earlier than usual, I do wonder what they are going to find to eat. It’s not as if there an abundance of insects or berries this time of year.
I guess we will see.