The signs of spring are mounting. I’ve noticed several types of birds have returned to our yard — robins and a funny blue jay who was trying to pull seeds from a sunflower I left standing over the winter. The flower’s head is nodded over, and the jay perched on the top of it, bending over, over, over, trying to get seed. Sometimes he would grab some — other times, he tumbled off the flower empty handed (or rather, empty beaked), but was in flight before he hit ground.
Saturday, perusing my front flower bed, I saw the little nubs in the photo. I believe that is an early tulip, testing the air for warmth.