Skunks are becoming more active. The aroma is now all over my neighborhood. As I say every year, skunks become active in late winter, looking for food and love. It's a great signal that warmer weather is on the way.
There was a false start this year. There was a skunk near my house on New Year's Day. The stench was so strong, I thought he was in the living room! I thought it was going to be the daily thing, but that was it. The skunks disappeared for several weeks.
I'm happy to say they are back! I even saw a robin the other day, and yes, I do know that some do stay north during the winter.
I will also add that I did see some long range scientific guidance that predicts colder and possibly snowier weather from mid February, in to March.
However, a combination of skunk, ground hog, and robin is tough to beat.