The yard is a much livelier place now. The young crabapple to the far right of the photo below currently holds a nest of baby robins, too high off the ground for me to photograph them without a ladder.
We have flocks of finchlets, engaging in the annoying (in humans), endearing (in avians) adolescent behavior of standing next to a full larder (in this case, on the bird feeder pole) asking to be fed.
At least more blossoms will follow--and probably more goldfinches, rodents, butterflies, and who knows what else. Life happens around here.