Not sure how south or north you are but we're getting the same thing in central Ohio. Big buds on the trees and all the other signs of spring! I even heard a red-winged blackbird today. I'm not sure if they fly south for the winter though..
I don't know what the heck is going on here, but the buds on my trees and all the trees around town that I've looked at just haven't had any swollen buds. Lots of new branch growth though. I just don't know what's going on with them this year. Last year they were beginning to pop about now.
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