Finally some sun, some heat from above to cheer us up. I was also cheered by a virtuoso purple finch
, singing from the treetops.

Our two mallard
couples have returned, strolling nonchalantly across our yard from one pond to the other and back again.

photo: rhubarb sprout
I took advantage of the sun to probe the yard for any early risers, and I was rewarded with this rhubarb sprout, tightly clenched and blushing red against the cold.