What a difference seven days makes! Last week my Thursday night experiment looked little different than it had looked the previous three weeks. I had to traipse through greenery last Thursday to get to my patch, but once I got there it looked like the woods that spring forgot. This week, my exploration of how the forest changes from winter to spring really looks like spring. As you can see, I also have a new variable in this week's photo. It's Dog.
This spring is starting to feel a little odd to me. I haven't found tree or barn swallows here on the ponds of the mountain yet. I usually have the first wood thrush and ovenbirds around this date, too, and they're not here. I do have a healthy crop of yellow-rumped warblers but have yet to see a single warbler of a different species. The Canada geese do not seem to be sitting on their nests yet. Everything just seems a little off, though not yet to a critical degree. It is dry here, despite a little rain last week, so perhaps that is a factor. Some other nearby areas got quite a lot of rain; a few miles to the east they had almost nothing. I had a little but judging by the way the leaves disintegrated under my feet last night, the forest is still pretty thirsty.
The second photo I'm posting today is the one from last week's experiment. It's quite different, isn't it? I wonder how much it will change by next week?