In this visit to my phenology spot, I was accompanied by Mary Holland’s Naturally Curious to help me identify what spring was bringing to my area. Unfortunately, not much of what she wrote about in her April section was occurring in my location. I could not find any amphibians despite the wet and muddy conditions of the ground. The Winooski River seemed very high and flowed very quickly the day that I visited, so I believe amphibians were staying away from the water and had no space to be on the banks because the banks were flooded.
There were no true wildflowers yet, however these green guys were popping up out of the muddy ground. I can’t fully identify whether they are weeds or wildflowers, but time will tell.
Trees were also budding, which is exemplified by this young silver maple twig below:
More mature silver maples that make up most of the forest composition were also budding, which I have sketched below:
I think the reason that so little species of animals were around that day, and most days, is because of how close the nearest edge is to the forest. Less than 100 yards away lies the green grass and buildings of the Intervale Food Hub. This and the traffic of hikers does not make the location ideal for forest interior species that dwell on the ground other than squirrels and chipmunks. It’s a good habitat for bird species like chickadees and other typical Vermont species. I heard a lot of crows this day when I visited my location.