. specifically, in the Boston, MA, area - since i work 6 days of 7, week-in & week-out, it's not as tho i travel much. On Feb-26th, the snowbells bloomed in my neighbor's garden - ... on March 12, i saw my 1st cock-robin of the year! he's there, believe me; about 2 or 2.5-ft closer than the hydrant, to the right of the 2nd large hump of melting snow - he's facing AWAY [of course he is! - when i tried to get the snap, he was side-on with his brick-red breast on display, the stinker. Then he flew 20-ft, & i had to walk up on him cautiously; this was the best i could do, he was spooky]. U can just see a wedge of his lower breast, his black-cap, & his slate-y back with cream edging his primaries. He's standing on a withered clump of catalpa pods & dead grass. the next week, HORDES of English Sparrows arrived, with their irritating nonstop "cheep! ... cheep!... cheep!...", fluttering & pecking everywhere, blast 'em. Last week [Sat March-31], i saw a flock of more than 100 cock-robins with a few blackbirds & grackles among them; the truly-tropicene species aren't here, yet, but this week, Robin-Redbreast & Northern Cardinals are singing from 5:30-am, every morning, all over town. Also last week, on Wed the 28th, the stars of Bethlehem were up & in bud in my landlady's yard, in a neglected little patch of mud by the trash-cans & recycle barrels. Their blue is so vivid, IRL - sadly, my photo appears overexposed as my mobile can't deal with the sunshine patch in a shady setting. I'll try to get a better one tomorrow AM, while they're still in shade - i've got to catch that deep cerulean, somehow. - terry .