The mercury has been climbing here in the Central Highlands of Arizona.
It got to 75 yesterday and, while early, it is promoting changes in the bird life.
For instance I saw what I think was a goldfinch at the bird bath this morning.
We've had them with their pale yellow breasts all winter.
But this one was brightly colored with a blazing yellow breast and nearly black back feathers.
Unfortunately I didn't get a photo.
But I did catch this red-breasted finch a bit later.
He wasn't sure how cold that water would be but after a period of thought (do birds think, I wonder) he took the plunge.
He seemed to enjoy his time in the "swimming hole" but was quick to shake off his feathers when he got out.
Ah, spring time.