|Lichen and bark|
I’m still coughing from that dratted, awful cold but mostly I am back to normal. Here on Roundtop, spring is starting to spring. I see yellow-rumped warblers fairly regularly. The American coot that set up shop on the little snowmaking pond is still there. The bird seems healthy and happy, but why it has chosen this little pond to hang out on when bigger ponds and lakes abound isn’t something I understand.
The dog-toothed violets/trout lilies/etc. are just about ready to bloom. The stalks are up but the flowers aren’t yet out. I will check the patch later today again, and I wouldn’t be surprised if a few flowers open before evening.
Except for two days, the entire month of March here has been above average in temperature. For a while, it looked as though the month would rank in the top five warmest March’s since recordkeeping began. Those two cooler days were enough to drop the month into the #7 slot. So far the month is 6.7 degrees warmer than average, which is pretty warm.
At the moment the wind is fierce, following a day of light showers and fog. With this kind of wind I don’t venture outside very often or too much. It’s the kind of wind that brings down branches but hopefully not trees. Still, I feel a lot safer with a roof over my head.