The arrival of Spring here has nothing at all to do with weather forecasts, satellite images or the Farmer’s Almanac. Spring is evident by local animal behavior. One simply needs to know the signs of common animals: Robins, Squirrels, Cows, Geese, Colts and Mustangs. And of course we all know it starts with the Groundhog. Each year on February 2nd, we humans attempt to determine if the groundhog sees its shadow or not. But think about this; the current ceremony involves a pet groundhog that does not Winter outdoors. Punxsutawney Phil lives with his wife, Phyllis at the town Library (http://mentalfloss.com/article/54821/11-punxsutawney-phil-facts-groundhog-day). He is the guest of honor at a man-made ritual/festival.
An (almost) foolproof indication that Spring’s finally here is the presence of a Robin on our lawn. Not the snow-covered lawn, but the stubby grey-green ‘grass’ revealed when the snow melts. It doesn’t count if the Robin is seen in one of our trees, on the fence, porch steps or walkways. Not valid if seen on a neighbor’s lawn, it has to be ours. Don’t ask me why, that’s just how it works. When Mr. Robin is walking on our ‘lawn’, Spring is here.