The cheerful Nuthatch is so fun to watch, climbing trees at a sheer incline, often upside down and backwards, while they peck at the bark to capture small insects.
Another spring favorite of mine is the Wild Geranium (Geranium maculatum). These grow along the creek banks in the woods near my house, and I’ve managed to transplant some of them into my yard where they’ve spread and flourished. It is known by a variety of colorful names, from Old Maid’s Nightcap to Spotted Cranesbill and is used as an astringent in herbal medicine. It can be mashed or made into a tea to ease toothaches and other painful ailments.