Vague hints of spring

That’s what our weather guy called today, or this week perhaps.  You wouldn’t think you could find any hints of spring after a 10 inch snow dump, and the backyard scenery didn’t look promising.

A bleak winter scene of mostly white.  This is the wetland valley behind our house that drains into three ponds.

A bleak winter scene of mostly white. This is the wetland valley behind our house that drains into three ponds.

One of the ponds directly behind our house (up on the hill).  Willow tree (center) hasn't started greening up yet.

One of the ponds directly behind our house (up on the hill). Willow tree (center) hasn’t started greening up yet.

Yes, the days are longer, and the sun is higher in the sky, but Minnesota plants and animals aren’t fooled.  Or are they?

Robins may have arrived too early -- much of their food resource is covered with snow.  This is the first one I've seen so far.

Robins may have arrived too early — much of their food resource is covered with snow. This is the first one I’ve seen so far.

The birds are chasing each other around a lot, the chickadees are singing up a storm, cardinals are trilling, and some birds are checking out potential nest sites.  I watched this male cardinal peck away at the snow covering this mass of leafy material, which might have been a nest at some point in the past.  Really, not a good choice of nest site at this point in the year though.

cardinal looking for a nest site

Let’s see what a week of above freezing temperatures can do for this winter scene.

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