Northeast/ NY State:
(I know you asked about flora but I included some fauna too, hope that’s all right)
According to my last year’s ebird report(s) I’m a little behind on the bird front. Water’s still iced up in my “patch” but red-winged blackbirds have been singing and displaying for a week or so. However, only a grackle fly through so far this year while last year they were around more already as were the wood ducks and hooded mergs (I thought I heard a hoodie the other evening though but no other evidence). The pileated,downy, red-bellied woodpeckers,bluebirds red-shouldered hawks are all on time with their breeding behaviors to the exact hour of the exact date and the regulars at the feeders are singing it up too. Can’t beat a bird clock!
Forsythia buds started swelling a little after the sunny days this week. In areas close to stone and structures where the snow (still about half a foot in most spots) has melted there are daffodils and crocus and a slight hint of my earliest tulips but just the beginning of green poking through. Azaleas and viburnums and the chestnut oaks and their maple friends seem to show tiny signs of being awake as do some of my perennials in the warm beds/ micro-climate spots such as, feverfew, hyssop and lupines. I think my various berry canes are brightening too but I could be wishfully imagining that.
two Chortophaga viridifasciata little guys, a young arachnid or two and some flying insects that were uncooperative for my IDing purposes were observed during the sunny parts of the last two days.
I just played around with a lot of links so apologies in advance if a woodpecker ends up being a rhododendron! Thanks :)