Ponds are greening up around the area.
That sunlight Nutmeg was saying hits the ground when no leaves are on the trees also hits the woodland ponds and makes the algae grow. We hear you humans react to this with cries of ick, but it’s good for the tadpoles, and if not tadpoles, the water bugs.
And then the birds come along, like this spotted sandpiper…
and the bugs get eaten. Most people think of these as coastal birds, but they are common along creeks and ponds as long as they can find food. See, it’s good those ponds grow algae.