I bought a pair of black rubber rain boots last fall, but never needed to wear them until this week. My hiking boots were soaking wet inside and very muddy outside after my last walk, as the puddles on the trails were deeper than the soles. I doubt you will see these boots in the fashion runways of Milan, but they are just right for me. My daughters always loved their rubber boots and would find puddles to jump and splash in.
Funny, that is what I felt like doing today.
The bush still has a good snow cover, but beneath the crust, you can hear flowing water. The ice has softened so the danger of sliding has minimized considerably compared to a few days ago. I was looking for skunk cabbage shoots, or other types of new growth, but could find nothing yet. It will likely be April before the early wildflowers start to show above the ground. Some years the pussy willows are out in this area by the end of March, but there were none to be found today.
I saw a number of cardinals and when I first saw this bird, I thought it was one of the females. Wow! The Cedar Waxwings have returned. This is the best picture I could get in the poor light, but I was pleased to get it nevertheless. Check out Mary's posts from February 14 and February 16th for much better pictures of these beautiful birds. I am glad she has sent a few of them north. I also saw a number of returning Common Grackles and three lovely Red-Breasted Nuthatches, who all refused to stay still long enough to be photographed.
The robins are becoming abundant, but the ground is not yielding any worms yet. This robin was busy eating berries from a sumac bush.
It is supposed to be mild and rain tomorrow. I will be going out again with my new boots and an umbrella. Weekends are too short for staying indoors.