Aside from shivering migratory birds and a few sprouting daffodil clusters, spring is slow to show its face this year. My toes are begging for air, although I can’t even remember what it was like to wear sandals after this long, long winter.

Yet — I apologize if this statement brings on a blizzard —- spring actually seems to be here. The calendar said so, almost two weeks ago, but up until Saturday the weather was having none of it. The predicted couple of snowy inches didn’t stick to the ground, but it sent the chickens back in the coop by 3 p.m.

Just before Saturday’s snow flew I made a run to Findlay. I drove past a flock of wild turkeys hunkered down in corn stubble northwest of Bridenbaugh’s school house at the corner of County Roads 6 and M6. They were still there on my return pass, so I slowed to take a better look. The birds weren’t turkeys, but rather somewhere between 25 to 30 great blue herons.

Whoever invented the folding rain umbrella must have been inspired by a heron. They contort themselves into something the size of a small species of penguin. The Saturday crowd must have been holding out for Sunday’s sunshine before they stretched their long legs and wings to nest in the nearby treetops. I made a phone call and the resident photographer captured an image of their frigid feathered selves for today’s edition.

Indoors, spring is progressing on schedule. Prom dresses are on the rack as are seed packets and garden hoses. Last Friday, Ottawa-Glandorf staged “Jekyll and Hyde.” Riley Alexander nailed his dual lead role, by the way. Elsewhere, there are at least two stagings of “Annie”, Ottoville is performing “Night at the Wax Museum” and Kalida is rolling out the yellow brick road.

The Putnam County Master Gardeners are holding their biannual garden fair this coming weekend, this time at the Putnam County Educational Service Center. Here’s hoping the warming trend holds so green thumbs can dig below the frostline. And a week from now, one week after witnessing herons covered in snow, I’ll be shifting wet leaves at a vernal pool workshop, hoping to find salamanders in the cool wet. If the amphibians are on the move, then you can bet Winter 2014 is truly a frozen memory.