Pick any day, and you can go about it thinking that it will be just an ordinary one.
While getting ready to take Lorelei out for the day, I glanced out the back windows, as I have been doing since March 25, expecting to see an empty spot on the martin housing.
But there was someone there:
A tree swallow.
I said in a quiet but persnickety voice, "Where the HELL have you BEEN?"
It even checked out the TRES digs. They failed last year, but the year before they raised and flew off with 5 young. May we have a normal amount of rain this year. We need bugs, and lots of 'em. I can't wait until Nellie sees them. What a wuss.
A new yard bird was nice...but with a sad twist:
A female purple finch. But she has mycoplasmal conjunctivitis. Dammit.
(It looks like that goldfinch is staring at her, doesn't it?)
There's also a male house finch with both of his eyes nearly gummed shut. So that's three birds who are affected...at least that I have seen. Looks like it is time to take down the feeders for awhile. The most I have seen with the disease at one time is just one bird. So this is a 300% increase. Dammit.
Let's cleanse with a happy little chipping sparrow. I never get tired of looking at this tiny bundles of sweetness:
And for your additional cleansing enjoyment, a quickie Nellie video: