The Earliest Signs of Spring

It’s not quite spring, but at least February is finally over. We’ve been searching for the earliest signs of spring, and here’s what we’ve found:

Best early color

The area near the Capitol has some of the best color now:

©Angela N.
©Angela N.
©Victoria Pickering
Supreme Court. ©Victoria Pickering

There are also a few trees in bloom by the Washington Monument:

©Angela N.

Birds mating

A rare capture of owls in the act of mating, in Rock Creek Park:

© Gerardo Gómez
Thanks so much to Gerardo for sharing this photo. You can see more of his photos on Instagram @gergobe

The female owl goes looking for a nest:

©Rob Klug

Many species of ducks are partnering off:

Hooded Merganzers ©Miki Jourdan
Eastern pintails. ©Miki Jourdan
Northern Shovelers ©Miki Jourdan

New plantings

A horticulturist is planting at the Smithsonian Gardens this week:

©Rob Klug


First volleyball game in the courts by the Lincoln Memorial:

©Rob Klug


@Rob Klug

Relaxing on the Mall:

Pops of color

It takes some searching in and among the woods, but there is lots of small spots of color in Rock Creek Park:

Still waiting

We are waiting on the magnolias, which should bloom soon.

©Victoria Pickering

Rawlins Park is almost ready to be completely covered in magnolia blossoms:

©Victoria Pickering

Cherry blossoms

The National Park Service has just announced that peak bloom for the cherry blossoms will be March 23-26.

Blossoms still in bud,

©Angela N.

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