Our snow is almost gone. It seems a bit early but I looked back at several prior year's photos and we've had bare ground this early about half the time. Other years the snow has hung on until the first week of April. Winter might be just toying with us, waiting to come back when we least expect it but the Red Winged Blackbirds are back so I'm betting that spring is really here. I just looked out the front door and there were about 3 dozen Tri-colored Blackbirds around the base of the bird feeders. Aside from our feeder they like to hang out in marshes where they perch on the cattails. Theirs is one of the most cheerful bird songs I know.
Update: If the weatherman on the local TV is to be believed our early spring is an illusion. He's saying that next week highs will be in the low 30s and we'll need our snow shovels again. Weather.com on the other hand is forecasting 40s (one day at 50º) and only a chance of snow flurries. Who's right? The one thing you can be sure of when it comes to North Country weather is that we will have some.