Friday, March 14, 2008

Previews of Coming Attractions

Photo by Lloyd Spitalnik

The hunt is on for Central Park's first phoebe! Prospect Park's first one is usually sighted a day or two earlier, and it was seen two days ago.
[Hint: It flicks its tail as it perches.]

From the Farmer's Almanac:

[in less than a week!]

March 20 —Vernal EquinoX

Spring begins at exactly 1:48 A.M. (EDT).

Wind northeast or north at noon of the vernal equinox, no fine weather before midsummer. If westerly or southwesterly, fine weather till midsummer.

March 21 —Full Worm Moon

earthwormAt the time of this spring Moon, the ground begins to soften and earthworm casts reappear, inviting the return of robins. This is also known as the Sap Moon, as it marks the time when maple sap begins to flow and the annual tapping of maple trees begins.

Easter eggs

March 23 —Easter

This Christian holy day celebrates the resurrection of Christ after his Crucifixion. It was probably the earliest of the church’s annual festivals and was fused with elements of pagan spring festivals celebrating new life.