The white bits on the ground in the are yet to melt remnants of snow. Last year at this time there was snow and ice on the ground in many places. The air was gray many days, like the weather is today, cold and raining. Recently robins where gathering and flying around in a big flock as if they're on spring break. I tried to take a quick photo of them dashing through one of their routes. Alas, that time the point and shoot hope didn't work for me.