If I’m watching the birds during a couple months in the spring I notice a huge variety of bird species that I never knew visited my area, or at least don’t visit often. Among them this spring are:
More on the foxes…
The next day the dead possum was gone – I assume they ate it later but why they would let it get soggy first beats me.
So yup, a whole litter of red foxes right in my alleyway! It’s interesting that they chose such an urban area to make a den when there are some densely forested riverbanks a block away, but they seem to be doing pretty well.
More to come!
A huge snowstorm blew into MN this week – it certainly still feels like winter, with so much snow on the ground. But since I spent all that time outside shoveling, I counted 3 flocks of canada geese flying overhead in just half an hour. I’d nearly forgotten about the geese, but when I heard their familiar honking I realized how few birds there have been around here; especially waterfowl. Well, they’re back, along with budding maples and daylight lasting until past 6 o’ clock.
I have Candytuft flowers growing in my garden. I was looking at them yesterday, and I noticed how the petals on the flower all look like teeny little pink butterflies, bursting out of the stem (their bottom wings all point in). Seemed cute to me. Has anyone had candytuft in different colors? I thought they could be any color, but mine are all pink.
A cornflower grew in my garden.
I love this poem about cornflowers by Cicely Mary Barker:
“‘Mid scarlet of poppies and gold of the corn,
In wide-spreading fields were the cornflowers born;
But now I look round me and what do I see?
That lilies and roses are neighbours to me!
There’s a beautiful lawn, there are borders and beds,
Where all kinds of flowers raise delicate heads;
For this is a garden, and here, a boy blue,
I live and am merry the whole summer through.
My blue is the blue that I always have worn,
And still I remember the poppies and corn.”
This is a leaf from a ginkgo tree. First word that comes to mind: funky. This is a tree with an attitude. I didn’t know they grew this far north, but apparently they do. I love ginkgo leaves. They make me think of a fan, or an umbrella, or a bird with a long beak seen from above.