This makes me happy.
I've been watching this tree every day for weeks now. I noticed it had wee little buds awhile back -- long before anything else seemed to be moving toward spring. Gradually, they have grown and opened into catkins.
I've also been hearing songbirds in the mornings around here. Not Canadian geese, not crows. Songbirds. I know that winter is an important part of the natural cycles of the Earth, but I am so happy to see some signs of spring.
Mr. Robin Redbreast hasn't shown up yet, the slacker, but I'll keep you posted.