If the ice is out and snow is just flakes is winter over?
Yesterday I looked through my windshield as I was driving home. I noticed that the ledge about a 1/3 of mile away from my house was covered with seals - maybe. I couldn't park the car fast enough to run back outside with a pair of binoculars. Yes, there were 12 harbor seals on the ledge as the tide was beginning to go out. Harbor seals in February the day after Valentines Day! That hasn't happened in my lifetime. Yes they sometimes show up in March, but not February. I've kept records.
I remember Groundhog's Day and the prediction from Pennsylvania was six more weeks of winter. Well that seemed right when the next week we got walloped with Blizzard Nemo. Preparing for the blizzard meant putting wood on the porch, getting jugs filled with water for the toilets, boiling water and putting it into thermos style containers, getting lanterns and flashlights ready, and of course the shovels and snowblower. We had 6 pairs of Northern Cardinals at our feeders during the storm. Not bad when all fall and early winter we had 4.