Last year the dogwood was in bloom too early and a cold snap ruined the fruit crop the following fall. There were very few berries on the trees.
Another Ground Skink.
Ground Skinks, like many lizards, have the ability to regrow a tail that was lost due to predation or careless behavior. The tail usually doesn’t grow back as long or attractive as the original, and it is energy expensive, but it may save the lizards life. A predator is often left with the tail while the lizard scurries off to safety. Compare the skink’s tail on the right to this one, seen just a few days earlier.
Things change quickly during spring, so get out and have a look around.