Hummingbirds have been reported in the past few days not far from where I live. They typically arrive here around May 15th. It’s been a bit colder than normal here in the past month, making a person wonder what’s up.

Raven chicks on a ledge on a cliff face near here are fluffy. The insides of their begging mouths are bright red.

After waiting for a long time for a warm sunny day that didn’t happen, serviceberry buds decided it’s time to open. Roadsides are now very pretty.

Jefferson salamanders are the earliest vernal pool visitors, arriving even when there’s lots of ice.

The hard-won snowless ground got a sprinkled coat of snow overnight. The juncos are easy to see now, but still too many to count.

Tonight an opossum crossed the road from an abandoned house that may have kept it safe and dry through the winter.

Warm rainy night but not warm enough for major amphibian travel – just four wood frogs got helped across the road.