Yesterday morning I was awakened by what I thought was my young neighbor cranking his 4 wheeler. I didn't see him but he has a shed he keeps it in and I thought he was in it, trying to start the 4 wheeler. I went on preparing for work and didn't think anymore about it, until I went into another bedroom and heard it again. I went to look out the window again to see if I could see my neighbor and realized it was coming from the metal pipe from the chimney. I thought there was a squirrel in the chimney. It scared my chihuahua to death and he started yapping. When he calmed down, I heard the shrill of a woodpecker, so I went outside and looked up at the chimney which has a metal cover on it and there sat a wood hen or some people call them wood cocks. Anyway, it was a huge woodland woodpecker and he was drilling the tin on my chimney top. LOL. I noticed that there were mockingbirds chasing one another and came to the conclusion it must be mating season for the birds. The woodpecker flew off for a few minutes then returned to start again as I was leaving the driveway. I was curious as to whether he would return this morning. I warned my son about it and sure enough he returned around 8 this morning! When I went out the door, I saw my first robin of spring in my front tree. Looking left there went the woodpecker with a mate. I guess she answered his call this morning and they were off for their adventures of the day. Last Friday I noticed the yellow crocuses were blooming in the back yard under a giant oak tree. By Sat. morning they were covered in snow. The purple crocuses are popping up out front along with the hyacinths and daffodils. The yellow male finches should start turning yellow again any day now. The days are starting to get longer. Welcome Spring!