On the drive in to work this morning, I noticed for the first time this spring a blush of green on the trees along the side of the road. A closer look shows the buds on the Trembling Aspen (Populus tremuloides) and Willows (Salix spp.) have swollen with these relatively warmer days. The Silver Maple (Acer saccharinum) in my front yard is even showing tiny leaves beginning to grow.
This is the time of year when a good wave of spring migrants can still be seen pretty easily in the treetops. In a couple of weeks, the leaves will be big enough to make birding just a bit tougher. Still, I'm looking forward to a good case of "warbler neck" sometime soon.