It’s the first day of spring according to the solar calendar, but I didn’t expect the outdoors to show anything different.
Was I wrong.
First, this greeted me when I stepped outside.
The first crocus of the season!
Then, I saw a hawk.
Hawks are around all winter, but I don’t usually get to see them this close. Alas, I did not bring my camera with me, so you get subpar phone photos.
And then we spotted a northern shoveler at the pond. Good thing I brought the binoculars, or companion would have kept saying, “Nah, that’s just a mallard.”
It dragged its beak through the water as it swam to shovel up its food. Hence the name.
Time to start carrying my camera with me again when I go out.