I was excited enough about two things to post an update.
One: the maple sap is flowing.
Monday was a warm, sunny day, and the sap seemed to flow the most in the afternoon, after the sun had been on the trees for a while, which makes sense. Our house faces south-southwest, so the trees get sunshine all day. The right tree is healthier than the left one, as well as being slightly more to the southwest with the angle of the lot, so it produced a lot more sap. I think we got about a quart and a half. Today’s cloudy and foggy, though still warm, so we’ll see how it flows.
The second update is that we went to the taxidermist yesterday.