You know spring is finally here when the buds begin to open.
You also know it's spring when the starlings (see comment from Ronna) find their way back into the wood stove. We get one or two every year. That first week without wood heat seems to call to the silly creatures looking to build nests.
I'm getting really good at catching them and setting free outside. This little guy flew off like a rocket and didn't pause 'til it was but a speck in the sky!