Progress of Spring - April 19

Spring is finally taking hold! The very first wildflower is blooming: 
First flower of spring! American Golden Saxifrage (Chrysosplenium americanum)
But the last of the snow STILL isn't gone:
Almost gone!

That hasn't stopped the salamanders though!
Eastern Newt (Notophthalmus viridescens) with Spotted Salamander (Ambystoma maculatum) egg mass
I thought the adult salamander was guardian the eggs, but I was very wrong! They are different species, and the eastern newts like to eat spotted salamander eggs.

I finally caught a deer on my trail cam:
See it?
And found some less desirable critters in a pool of snow melt:
Mosquito larvae - ick :-P