Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Wriggling Toward Spring

For me the real harbinger of Spring is the earthworm. When they all appear after a good rain, you know Spring is on its way.

This morning they were out in full force, slowly wriggling their way across the driveway. You have to wonder if they are trying to go somewhere, or whether they are just so happy to be out in the open that they just have to wiggle.

Which makes me ask where earthworms spend the rest of the year? It’s this damp pre-Spring time when I most often see them, not thinking about them otherwise. Their rather albino appearance might indicate a life mostly without sun.

Have you seen the earthworms yet this year?


Blogger Steve said...

I've can't remember ever seeing an earthworm here in NYC, though surely we must have them in the backyard or in Central Park. I don't know much about where they spend their time in the off-season. I remember dissecting a HUGE one in high school, though, and examining its very long, long digestive system.

9:13 AM  
Blogger bulletholes said...

Nightcrawlers get like 8 feet deep in the winter.I'm an expert on Night Crawlers.
My Spring harbingers are Daffodils, Redbud trees and Wisteria. when these are in bloom the fish are biting.
here...my pal "D marks" and spring...

9:23 AM  
Blogger bozoette said...

Haven't seen any earthworms yet, but we have heard the red-wing blackbirds. Soon we'll hear the spring peepers too; then it's really and truly spring.

10:45 AM  
Blogger Fire Byrd said...

WE've got worms about. But I prefer not to think about them. Despite the fact I have a lovely garden, the insects and creepy crawlers in it do nothing for me. Except of course the butterflies and bees!!
Thank you so much for the link, can't tell you how much I appreciate it.

4:04 AM  
Blogger Angela said...

Earthworms are my favorites!! They are Mama`s little helper in so many ways in my garden! They eat the old leaves and vegetable leftovers and digest them into wonderful pure earth. And when we still had horses, they almost jumped up and down with joy when we gave them horse manure to feast on. Believe it or not, two years after we had piled up horse manure, with straw and all, onto a heap - it had turned into juicy, black, wonderful earth! And many new earthworms with smiling faces!

7:00 AM  
Blogger Kristin said...

I haven't and I'm surprised! I did almost step on a crawfish the other day, though. Probably not related to spring.

5:27 PM  
Blogger Kellyann Brown said...

I spend a LOT of time modifying general education materials for special education students. One of my least favorite memories was reading a long section about the sex life of worms into a tape recorder at 7am. Nothing was grosser... really. I love earthworms, but ew! ::laugh::

3:28 AM  

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