A broad-winged hawk is sitting on eggs on a tree not far from our house. You’re likely to hear more from me about these neighbors as the season progresses.

A male hummingbird came to hover in mid-air, right where the hummingbird feeder was last year. It soon got filled and reinstated.

Wild ginger is flowering, before the leaves have finished opening up. The flowers are right on the ground. Gnats and flies are the commonest pollinators.

This was the first day of spring that felt like spring proper. A touch of humidity in the air. The earth smelled sweet.

The wood frog eggs near here haven’t hatched, but they aren’t round anymore: they’re C-shaped.

Two-leaved toothwort (Cardamine diphylla) and cut-leaved toothwort (Cardamine concatenate) sometimes grow close together, causing a person to wonder why they bother to have two different species. The leaves of both of these spring ephemerals will turn a lovely autumnal yellow and die soon after trees leaf out.

There’s an enormous patch of wild leeks not far from our house. You could pick those leeks for hours with no remorse. Not often the case and, besides, it’s probably not a good idea to eat them by the bushel.

Most tree buds are still just buds, but they are a little fatter. Red berried elderberry, on the other hand, now has quite big leaves.