On getting back from ReaderCon, we discovered that the fireflies have returned. They've been pretty much gone since the Winter of 2004, where the temperature dropped for one week to -30°. We haven't seen them out in any numbers (I can recall two of them flashing feebly at each other a couple of years ago), but the week has been over 30° and very wet and humid all spring, so, now, in the Backdoor Wildlife Preserve®, there were dozens. The video is, of course, very poor, but I hope you can see some of them.
And in further raccoon news, mama has joined the little ones. We saw them the night before last. All three, climbing the tall elm tree, cleaning all the nests of their chicks and eggs. Then they came for the three ripe tomatoes we had and kicked over a strawberry plant in the process. Gotta love 'em, them and their wringy little necks.