Some of were leaning toward pussy willow, and some of us were leaning toward squirrel.
So we asked our expert, Edith Wallace of the Bergen County Audubon Society and several other esteemed nature group.
Her verdict: "Willow. Perhaps pussy willow. These are the buds. In the photo the buds were beginning to open which is why they may have been harder to identify." (Thanks, Edith, and everyone who contributed suggestions … )