It is March 13th. The snow pack (ice-pack, really) is slowly melting, but there is enough left to keep the air chilly. In previous years I've seen robins by now, and red-winged blackbirds, but no sign of either yet. If we could get rid of this ice, then the ground might warm enough to provide bugs and worms as robin food.
Still, it shouldn't be long now. It's been in the 40's the last few days. It's supposed to go back into the 30's for highs over the weekend, but we're also expecting a fairly large rain event. Perhaps that will get rid of the last of this ice.