An early bloom along the Dwaas Kill

The first days of spring offer little in the way of bright colors or blooms.  A few wildflowers, however, have begun to bloom and each adds a tiny splash of color in an otherwise vast expanse of beige, browns and greys.

While out for a trek in the Dwaas Kill Nature Preserve to enjoy today’s sunshine, I spied this shrub in full bloom along the banks of the Dwaas Kill –

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Smooth Alder (reddish female flowers and male catkins)

The flowers (both female and male) of Speckled Alder elsewhere in this preserve were still in bud stage.  However, I did find lots of Skunk Cabbage and hazelnuts in full bloom.

Many species of birds were singing as well as a few spring peepers.

Happy trails!

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