Yesterday (Saturday) morning, i saw "my" woodchuck running across the backyard, the first i've seen him (or her) since the fall. He still looks fairly plump, which is good, it means he made it through the winter in good condition.
I heard all sorts of birds singing, and a flock of grackles and redwing blackbirds landed at the feeder and made musical metallic noises while strutting around and eating. I have two tiny crocuses open. Once again, my snowdrops have disappeared. They either don't like the spot i insist on planting them in, or else a vole or squirrel is getting them.
Then i heard the weather forecast...yikes, anywhere from four to ten (or more) inches of snow forecast! This morning, we had a light pretty snow fall. There was a Cooper's hawk in the maple tree right near my back door. I hoped she wasn't going to stay around to pick off birds off the feeder, but it was still wonderful to see this powerful raptor up close.
Now it's snowing.