Yesterday, on a truly spring-like day with warm temperatures and bright sunshine, we took a walk around Ward’s Pond, a small pond in Boston’s Emerald Necklace. Signs of spring abounded.
Red maples were in bloom. And our migrant birds from the south were out and about. A very noisy flock of grackles was foraging in the leaf litter.
Male red-winged blackbirds were flashing their red and yellow wing patches as they sang. However, no females were around to hear their song.
A solitary tree swallow was flying low over the water, scooping up insects.
And a few eastern phoebes were wagging their tails and chasing each other.
We even saw a half dozen painted turtles basking in the afternoon sun.
Ignore the small piles of snow in the shadows. Spring has arrived.