Last night, I looked again. And they're back.
Slime mold fruiting body. About 1 mm. high.
Last time, they were clumped. This year, they stand alone.
Casting dark shadows. The pale blue-green lumps are probably baby lichens.
The tiny dark dots at "ground level" are immatures.
A look at a fruiting body in the microscope.
And there was a springtail, too; a different kind, one I haven't seen before.
Springtail, unidentified as yet, about 1.25 mm nose to tail.
Seen with the microscope.
I got three shots, then, "Pop!" He sprung up into the lights of the microscope, got singed, and lay belly-up, stunned. I fished him out with my paintbrush. When he cooled down and started to walk again, I replaced him gently on the birdhouse, and put it outside in the cold. Now he has a story to tell. ... "Oh, the places I've been, the dangers I've braved ..."