It’s time.

The crocus are up, the peepers peeping, the brookies are biting, the geese and goldfinch are back — now the watch is on for dandelions and the “hummers.”

The hummingbirds arrive on schedule, in May. We’ll get reports from friends from down South and on up the coast on their progress. And then, here they are, on the same day. And they come straight to the spot of their last years' feeders. That always amazes me. Those teeny little creatures with wings beating 70-80 times per second fly thousands of miles, twice a year, to get to their destinations.

They have to keep their tiny bodies fed almost constantly to make up for all the energy expended with such wing-work, which includes a heartbeat of up to 1,260 a minute! And what wing-work it is. They can hover, like a helicopter and even fly backward.

Watching them in a birdbath is guaranteed to make you smile. They are quite friendly, too, and don’t mind you being around to watch. But the little buggers can be downright feisty with each other. The males, especially, can be mean to the females, chasing them off the feeders even after they’ve had their own fill. And the males will do battle in an upward spiral, chip-chip cussing at one another.

My kids and grandkids, when little, would proudly bring me handfuls of golden dandelion blossoms for a bouquet. Of course they wilt almost immediately but we could learn something from the eyes of the children. Most of us so-called grownups look at dandelions in bloom as the peskiest of weeds.

But when they bloom in a couple of weeks, while you’re driving around the county, take a good look at the sunlit golden hillsides with the eyes of a child. You’ll see the beauty.

Before they bloom, get a good "mess" of dandelion greens to cook — with the double boil — for supper, topped with butter, vinegar, s & p. Some good.

The mighty Pissenlit, which loosely translates to "pee in bed," as the French call the dandelion for its propensity to increase the flow of water from the body, is, as I mentioned, one of the top medicinal plants while also one of the most maligned. Indeed, it’s the poster child for chemical weed killers. It’s not indigenous to the Americas.

Another of my favorite uses is to chop and dry some leaves in the sun and when thoroughly dry, scrunch them up and save for tea, mixed with dried mint or peppermint leaves. This makes a delicious tea.

Some other medicinal properties are iron, magnesium, calcium and vitamins A and C. There are really too many of benefits and uses to list in a column. YouTube has a plethora of videos handy for perusal.

Spring in Maine is a magic season. Keep an eye out.

Oh, and I forgot. It won’t be long after the dandelions before the fiddleheads are up.

Marion Tucker-Honeycutt, an award-winning columnist, a Maine native and graduate of Belfast schools, now lives in Morrill. Her columns appear in this paper every other week.