Where I live in central Vermont winter is finally loosening its grip and the strengthening sun is erasing the snow on exposed south facing slopes. In shady spots, however, the snow cover lingers -- there's still at least three feet of ice and snow in my front yard.
Birds are returning and bulbs that were planted last fall in my (south-facing) backyard are starting to push up through the cold damp earth. Given the drabness of the environment the finches stand really stand out against the muddy earth tones of the surrounding landscape.
A couple of more bird photos here. Of all the content hosting platforms I use (flickr, YouTube, Vimeo, Blogger) the photoblog account is where I am posting most frequently.