Spring is officially here in North Dakota. Trees have started breaking buds, hostas are up, and various plants are about to start throwing off flowers. This time of year is especially glorious since there are no mosquitoes (not yet), so we can work in the garden without the annoyance of biting mosquitoes.
The American Goldfinches show up suddenly, and usually in sizeable numbers. We go from seeing one or two, to seeing dozens in a matter of just a few days.
The Rose Breasted Grosbeaks also showed up yesterday. In similar fashion to the American Goldfinches, they go from one or two to bunches in a matter of days. Sadly the Rose Breasted Grosbeaks are just passing through, they'll stay for a few weeks, then move along. At least a few of the goldfinches will stay with us though through the Summer.