I’m assuming this is a red maple twig, and I included a sketch of the odd buds on the side.
Here is one of two woodpecker cavities I found.
Here is the second cavity.
This is a good picture of the buds coming alive on a tree.
The edge can be seen along the Winooski River that I was mentioning in the blog update.
Seeing some green, but not enough for my liking!