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I’d prefer spring crocuses but here’s My first bloomin’ raccoon of 2017

February 27, 2017
What are you looking at?

Raccoons have a natural advantage as dumpster divers—they don’t need flashlights.

Every year the confusion of a Vancouver spring seems to surprise me anew.

Two years ago I was dazzled to see alpine primulas, crocuses and cherry blossoms in full bloom by February 20th.

This year, I haven’t been up in Mount Pleasant to see how many crocuses are out and about but I have seen some wan little yellow and blue primulas in a few commercial planters along the West Broadway Avenue corridor.

Besides flowers, another potential sign of spring—for me at least—are the pairs of Canada geese that I’ve been hearing honking high over the Fairview neighbourhood for two weeks now. Of course this assumes that Canada geese still migrate south to the U.S. for the winter and some people are telling me that ours no longer feel the need to leave Metro Vancouver—darn climate change!

Actually there was very little “spring” in this raccoon’s step

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My last hint of spring came last night in the furry form of a foraging raccoon—the first one that I’ve seen in 2017 and some three months early by my reckoning. Certainly in the four years of my blog, at least, I have not previously recorded the first annual appearance of these four-legged dumpster divers before May.

Against all of these alleged signs of an early start to spring in Vancouver, there is the hard and undeniable fact that it has just started snowing. Click the images to enlarge them.

Some of the first snowflakes at 8:41 a.m.

Two of the first snowflakes up close and personal at 8:41 a.m. this morning.

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