A Happier Day
Today was a much better day than yesterday. I was up early and sat outside to enjoy my morning tea. To my joy, the female Baltimore Oriole showed up for some oranges; and I saw the male late yesterday afternoon. So I think they may have settled somewhere nearby for the breeding season. Anyway, I wanted to include her in my yardbird list since she looks so different than the male.
I dropped off five pots of phlox to a friend's brother's driveway. She lives in Delaware and he is heading down to see her next week, so will be taking the plants. I had thinned out my phlox last fall and offered to pot some up for her for her garden. Only fair since the original phlox was gifted to me quite a few years ago by another friend.
From there, I headed over to a nice park for a walk. I was lucky enough to come across some Rough-winged Swallows building a nest so spent a lot of time crouched in the grass watching. Also saw some young Killdeer, looking quite cute and downy. And back at home I just missed getting a shot of Mister Bluebird feeding his new mate a yummy morsel of arthropod. He's a very dedicated mate from all appearances.
Three miscellaneous shots from today on Flickr, starting HERE (killdeer, chipmunk, swallow).
In a first, this afternoon on the patio I actually stepped on a chipmunk! Luckily I didn't put my foot down hard and he was undamaged - and apparently undeterred. Never have we had this many of the little striped rodents.
A totally delightful break this afternoon to chat with Hillyblips - a bit of commiserating about how much we wished we were in Costa Rica and a lot of much-needed laughs. Tonight I am having Zoom cocktails with my besties in NY/NJ/AZ. And tomorrow will be another day.
Be kind, be safe, stay home.