With the snow on the ground, the killdeers are bewildered. They may have already laid eggs, and were plaintively running around in the dry lots this morning looking for their nests. This happened last year, but they renested and didn't have any trouble raising at least one brood. We don't have a shortage of killdeers.
Even though there is snow and ice everywhere, it still feels like spring - perhaps it's the angle of the sun. The snow is melting fast. While I was working at my desk this morning, I saw a pair of goldfinches drinking where the downspout directs the meltwater from the roof. The goldfinches (at least the males) look odd now - they are midway between their winter and summer plumages and look somewhat patchy.