I have been receiving reports of birds singing, new sightings of birds that were away for the "winter", and many have noted that it even now smells like spring. I know what they mean, but cannot put that into words.
Today, a large flock (4000+) of snow geese and flocks of Canada geese were heading north over Kunkletown. It has been a delight to see the snow geese for several months in the Lehigh Valley, but there numbers are decreasing and they seem to be more restless, perhaps preparing for the trek northward.
For comparison, here is what we posted last year on February 19th: http://watchingtheseasons.blogspot.com/2011/02/it-cant-be-spring-already-can-it.html