The Daily Bucket is a regular feature of the Backyard Science group. It is a place to note any observations you have made of the world around you. Insects, weather, meteorites, climate, birds and/or flowers. All are worthy additions to the bucket. Please let us know what is going on around you in a comment. Include, as close as is comfortable for you, where you are located.
Spring means daffydowndillies, or crocuses, or singing blackbirds, and it is all those things, but for intertidal beach explorers in the Northwest, it also means the return of the daylight lower low tides (the other daily low tide, the higher of the two, isn't low enough to see much). In winter, there are some wonderfully extreme low tides, but they are always in the middle of the night. It is possible to walk around with a flashlight, but....it's just not the same.
This afternoon there was a low enough tide before sunset to see some old friends, down at MacKaye harbor, in the San Juan Islands, on a fairly protected sandy beach, starting with some shy horse clams (Tresus capax).
OK, I poked one. But it got me back. Squirted salt water straight into my camera. Ooops. Shook the water off the camera, and took the next photo from the side. There were lots of them right down by the water line (a caveat: if it's hours before the return of the tide, or a hot day, I don't play with them this way - their water contains dissolved oxygen).
What's happening in your early February neighborhood?