Seems as if I've been absent for quite a while. I did have a good reason for putting the blog on hold. I was caring for an injured player and taking on the many household duties he normally performs. But truth be told, I have actually been apathetic about my blog. Some call it a lost muse. Whatever it has been, I have not missed writing and I have managed to keep up with most of you even if I might not have commented. Now it's time to decide whether to continue so I will give it a try.
The injured player is nearly normal now and we are delighted.
Like much of the country, we have had very strange weather indeed. Temperatures all over the place. We are turning on the air conditioner one day and turning on the heat the next. But some things remain constant. Our woodpeckers are nesting and we are almost certain one pair of Pileated Woodpeckers has a nestling. The adults come to the suet to eat and then grab a mouthful for carry-out. Our Ruby-throated Hummingbirds are back and the spring migration is in full swing. The trees are filled with American Goldfinches as the migrants join our resident birds for a while. The Purple Finches are leaving us for parts to the north. And we've had several little Red-breasted Nuthatches join our large White-breasted Nuthatches for a brief while.
One of our favorite visitors is passing by now and we are always delighted to see them. These lovely migrants are the Rose-breasted Grosbeaks. The males always come first and in a week or so are joined by the lesser brilliant but still beautiful females. Not long after the females arrive, the males will move on to the north followed a week or so later by the females. How lucky you are if you live where the gorgeous birds nest and raise their broods. Still we are happy to have them for the few weeks that we do.
The male Rose-breasted Grosbeak takes a break while getting a drink of water.
In coming days we will welcome more migrants. And throughout the summer we will take delight in seeing adult birds bring their fledglings to our feeders. It's a great time of year.
Seeing these lovely birds gives me great solace in times of such concern over our Mother Earth and what is happening all around us. But sitting on our deck and watching all the wonderful birds fills me with peace. Would that it could last.