Actually it has seemed like spring most of the winter this year - but here we go. It's the second week of March and the last good chance for rain this season. We should normally get around 13" in my neck of the woods(?) but my gauge is sitting at 6.77" and there is nothing likely for the coming week and only a small chance for next weekend. There are plenty of signs of spring to be found. Poppies are blooming in the yard - though there are fewer plants this year. Lots of Chia Sage have sprouted from last year's seeds, but they are quite stunted this year.
The Blue Eyed Grass is blooming (no good photo yet).. The local Mounding Cactus is blooming as well.
Another sure sign of spring here is the return of the Hooded Orioles to the neighborhood. I saw the first one yesterday and two today. Also, sighted was an Allen's hummingbird male buzzing one of the feeders. The Allen's hummers are just passing through on their way north for the summer but the Orioles will stay and raise one to several broods over the summer.