In a few weeks, the trees around the Tidal Basin will burst into flower. The prediction came out yesterday: the peak should be somewhere in the range of March 24-31. (Keep up with progress on the National Park Service’s cherry blossom bloom schedule website.) Here’s what they looked like yesterday:
And, for a bonus, here are some ducks I saw poking around the Tidal Basin. My guess is canvasbacks, but I’m not very good at ducks. Anyone know any better than me?
Duck update, Monday 3/5: I believe the consensus of my Facebook commenters is Lesser Scaup. The head is more scaup-shaped and the bill is lighter than a canvasback.