Silver maple buds, swelling and getting ready to flower. This makes me remember one of my first formal phenology experiences... When I was a freshman at Carleton, my friend and I used to go every morning to breakfast and look at the MN Star Trib. In the winter-spring, the Strib did a feature called BudWatch. A photographer went to the same bud at the same time every day and took a photo. They published them (in full color) every day, and we followed religiously. We watched it swell, and leaf out, and felt that spring had sprung before our eyes. What a wonderful thing for a newspaper to print!
There is a woodpecker right in the center there. He was pecking away amidst at least 10 robins, so here is a picture with a robin AND the woodpecker.