Mid-March and we’ve had a rather gentle, lamb-like month except for a couple days and nights of very strong winds that were more like a lion (see MARCH). Some signs of spring are beginning to show up: red-wing blackbirds are back, birds at the feeders seem to be more interested in each other than eating, and even these squirrels are coming to feed in pairs.
A pair of squirrels finding seeds under the bird feeders
The opening photo of a red-wing blackbird in early-spring finery is from a few years ago as I’ve only seen them at a distance so far this year. He is spreading his wings, opening beak, as he sings his familiar spring call.