.March is a funny month in Houston. One day it can be 85F and feel very like summer, the next it can be cold and gray. So it's difficult to decide when spring has really begun. Personally, I don't go by dates or even by the weather. I go by the arrival of Scissor-tailed Flycatchers: The first day of spring is the day when I see my first Scissor-tailed of the year. So this year's spring started this morning, March 30. Unfortunately, I didn't get a photo of today's bird but here's one from a while back.
Interestingly, I see from my blog archives that I saw my first Scissor-tailed last year on - March 30.