Spring is Coming: South Carolina Edition

By Joe Sebastiani, Members Program Team Leader

For the past 5 days, I have been taking a short vacation in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.  I was hoping for temperatures in the 70’s, but that wasn’t to be.  I had to endure the upper 40’s, but my wife and I made a go of going outside anyway.  Briefly, let me tell you that spring is on its way, based on the evidence I gathered down there.  Dandelions are blooming in the south, as are purple dead nettle.  Yes, they are exotic weeds, but they aren’t blooming in Delaware yet.  Red maples are in full, all-out bloom in the Palmetto State as well.  Oh yeah, the grass is getting green.

Birds are singing down there too.  Pine Warblers, American Robins, Northern Cardinals, Brown Thrashers, and others.  Laughing Gulls are getting black heads and they have started to laugh.  Spring is on the way, I promise.

Pine Warblers are singing in South Carolina.  The loblolly and long-leaf pines of Myrtle Beach are home to many of them.
Pine Warblers are singing in South Carolina. The loblolly and long-leaf pines of Myrtle Beach are home to many of them.
The Brown-headed Nuthatch is another one of my favorite birds.  They are abundant in the pine forests of the southeast and DE is the northernmost part of their range.
The Brown-headed Nuthatch is another one of my favorite birds. They are abundant in the pine forests of the southeast and DE is the northernmost part of their range.

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