Wandered around Indian Trail Swamp this afternoon. It's been so dry for months, and this west wind just sucks out moisture. There were none of those frog-puddles, normally full of calling Chorus Frogs and Peepers, along the trail. All dry. The stream is still flowing, but almost imperceptibly in spots. Eerily quiet for April here. And the record warmth of winter seems to have everything coming up, coming out, exploding. but signs of spring in the Swamp are still subtle and slowly beginning to emerge.
Sweet White Violet.
Sweet White Violets were in bloom in several spots. Note the long reddish stalks and purple-veined lower petal. Other notable plants today:
-Ironwood leaves emerging
-Blueberry and Huckleberries beginning to bloom here and there
-Garlic Mustard in bloom
-Bald Eagles (1 adult, 1 juv.)
-Turkey and Black Vultures