Running in mid-April should mean shorts and t-shirts, or long-sleeve t’s at the most. But this morning when it was 32 degrees and dark outside it was hard to tell April from February. And then, about a mile into my run, I started to realize something was different. Sure, the roads were dry which was rare in February, but that wasn’t it. Was there a hint of daylight starting to creep into the horizon? Maybe just a hint, but that wasn’t the difference either. It was the birds! A steady stream of songbirds were active at 6:15AM. I have no idea what type of birds they were but it sounded like quite a variety. All I know is I sure don’t recall hearing them in a long time, like months! Maybe there were birds singing all winter and I just didn’t notice but it doesn’t matter. To me the birds singing changed this morning’s run from a cold late-winter run into a cool, early-spring run. And that made all the difference.