In reading this morning's Hartford Courant newspaper, Mom learned of a different harbinger of spring that she'd like to share.
The Timberdoodle Courtship Dance
We've never seen this dance nor heard of it but, evidently, the Bolton Land Trust is organizing a hike called The Timberdoodle Tramp to search out timberdoodles. They are hoping to see the timberdoodle's courtship sky dance. The dance starts with a nasal mating call followed by the male spiraling up hundreds of feet into the sky. He then plummets straight down to the ground making a twittering sound all the way down in an effort to attract a mate. (The timberdoodle is a woodcock and looks like this picture I found on timberdoodle.org.)