Here is what February and early March looked like in 2010 and in 2011:
March 2, 2010 brought our first Towhee. And he was surrounded by snow.
The following week, another big snowstorm.
The little goldfinch in snow over its head. Thank goodness the bird sits atop the snow.
And don't forget the ice storms.
A very cold perch.
This year's winter has been a record-breaking winter for snowfall. Actually, for a lack of snow. We have had less snow than any other winter. In some areas the apple trees are about to blossom. If we don't get some more seasonal weather they will flower and a freeze could do extensive damage much as it did three years ago.
When we lived in suburban Milwaukee, the meteorologists back-tracked on their inaccurate predictions by saying our proximity to Lake Michigan made forecasting more difficult. Here in the mountains we hear much the same, except that here the mountains are to blame for the wrong predictions.
I have very much enjoyed the mild winter. I do wish for the sake of the flowers and fruit trees that the season had been more normal. But since you can't do anything about the weather, I pushed my guilt aside and thoroughly enjoyed the sunny days and milder temperatures. The mild winter in no way reduces my anticipation of spring. Oh! Spring in the mountains is a lovely awakening.