I love spotting the early robins.. My wife insists not all of our robins fly south. and she has shown me a couple lost robins eating mountain ash berries in December.. but I still think of them as the best sign of spring..
south of Detroit.. good number of years ago, read a book in which the hero escaped Canada by driving south to the US. before that, I never realized that geography made it possible to do so.. Amused me for days..
Be glad you aren't living in the Sierras or even the San Gabriels in So Cal. Record amount of snow in many areas. You can't fool Mother Nature. G****l w*****g h**x, as if humans could control the weather.