First-of-the-year Blue-headed Vireo and Wood Thrush were seen on the North Boardwalk.
Painted turtles are sunning and snapping turtles are becoming active.
Spring flowers are blooming! Look for these wildflowers: Dutchman's Breeches, Trout Lily, and Virginia Bluebells. Maple trees and Spicebush buds are opening, too.
Green Darner dragonflies have returned. These insects are migratory.
Many species of ducks are still on the lake. Mallards, Wood Ducks and Canada Geese are nesting. A dozen or more Great Egrets can often be seen and the Green Herons have returned. Songbirds seen include: Palm Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Brown Thrasher, Grey Catbird, Golden-crowned Kinglet, and Ruby-crowned Kinglet.
On this morning's bird walk, participants tallied 31 species. The highlight was a Yellow-rumped Warbler.
Recent waterfowl sightings: Blue-winged Teal, Green-winged Teal, Northern Shoveler, Mallard, American Black Duck, Gadwall, American Wigeon, Wood Ducks, and Canada Geese.
While winter birds like Dark-eyed Junco, White-throated Sparrow, and a Winter Wren are still in the park, the waterfowl show signs of spring. The Wood Ducks have been seen in trees, so are getting ready to nest. Geese are sitting on eggs.
A mink was seen near the Delta Boardwalk.