Oh boy, spring is such an amazing time, but also a mixed bag of perks and forfeits: beautiful, crisp sunshine, unfurling blooms and glowing green moss.
Sparrows flip leaves noisily in bunches of five or more, and the white-throated sparrow repeats its signature call.
Northern flickers have been displaying and parading for each other on various branches, hoping to win the mate-jackpot.
Black flies have made their appearance, but not yet in swarming hordes.
The winds have been ferocious on some days - lovely for getting my laundry dry, provided I peg things down securely enough!