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Back with a vengeance

May is here and the yard is teeming with life (and visited by an occasional death).

The Big Tree got a good pruning over the winter, and it’s shaping up fabulously. Our honey bees have been very active already, and we’ve already seen a couple more baby squirrels there.

I’ve turned my attention to trying to document some of the bird species we have here, which has only met with mediocre photographs. I’ll share some anyway.

Here’s a Common Grackle posing in one of our apple trees. I’d really like to catch one in the act of anting, but here it’s just checking out the landscape.

And here’s a European Starling in the Big Tree, calling as you can see by its throat feathers. I found it interesting to read that this bird was introduced to Central Park in the 1890s by a fellow who wanted to establish in the US all the birds mentioned in the works of Shakespeare.

Check back soon for news on Phil’s latest discovery: a robin building her nest!

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