And the acacias are budding out in readiness.
UPDATE: After posting, I went down to the oasis to discover Spiny Elm caterpillars devouring the leaves from the last remaining cottonwood tree (the others died in the drought). That tree is vitally important to the birds. I've seen caterpillars strip trees bare of every leaf. It'll be hard for this tree to recover because it'll soon be bombarded with heat, probably record heat, with no way to shade its trunk and root system.
|Above photo from web. They are larva of the Mourning Cloak Butterfly|
Just gotta hope they don't impact the tree too much.