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First signs of spring, but we haven't had winter yet

Tuesday 08 January 2013

daffodils.png The first daffodils are emerging in Amsterdam's Westerpark

It might only be the beginning of January but nature experts are already noticing the first signs of spring, the Volkskrant reports on Tuesday.

The lesser celandine (Ranunculus ficaria), considered by many biologists to be an early indication spring is on its way, is already blooming in some places, the paper says.

Wageningen University biologist Arnold van Vliet told the paper he has seen hazel and other trees in bloom and the first tick bites have already been recorded.


Some bird populations, such as spoonbills, are no longer leaving the Netherlands in winter for warmer climes, Hisko de Vries of website waarneming.nl said. 'They think 'why should we? It is warm enough here,' he told the paper.

John van Betteray of bird research group Sovon says some birds are already busy with the mating season. 'For example, today I saw two male blackbirds fighting,' he said.

This winter is so far the second warmest on record. However, according to the KNMI weather bureau, it is expected to turn colder by next weekend, with light frosts at night and remaining around zero during the day.

Is spring on its way? Share your thoughts using the comment form below.

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Readers' Comments

'They think 'why should we? It is warm enough here.'

I doubt that they think as much as react. Probably critters don't leave as the long as the food supply holds.

By Puck | 8 January 2013 9:56 AM

Sir, in response to your question, "Is spring on its way?", I would like to reassure you most categorically that it most certainly is.
I trust this satisfies your journalistic curiosity on the matter.
Yours expectantly,
BrownStick, Amstelveen.

By brownStick | 8 January 2013 10:26 AM

http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2012/aug/23/arctic-sea-ice-record-low <- Remember that? That was last summer. Doesn't that mean we need a strong winter to prevent the polar bears from being in need of an arch?

By Pee-Tor | 8 January 2013 3:24 PM

Would not mind skipping the Dutch winter altogether this year!

By kakos | 8 January 2013 4:29 PM

Oh boy, the environment doomsayers are probably holding a party right now, it won't be long before they flood in.

Anyway, I'm certain winter's still going to show up. This reminds me of last year, where winter came late to the party, and made sure his presence was known when it finally joined in.

By Someone | 8 January 2013 6:57 PM

According to weer.nl, winter arrives this Saturday.

By Expatio | 9 January 2013 5:08 PM

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