April 26th, 2009

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Blue Jay!

This morning I saw a blue jay at the bird feeder. They're common in the area, but it's been a while since I've seen any in our yard.

I'm starting to wonder if that bird feeder has become magically attractive for some reason. A couple weeks ago, a thrush showed up and started eating out of it. Normally they're insect eaters, not seed eaters. I checked my birdseed for moths. It was clean. Okay, maybe that thrush was just really hungry and couldn't find any bugs, or had an odd taste for seeds. But then the other day I saw two of them out there. Go figure.
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Flowers in Late April

The daffodils are mostly done blooming. The big crabapple tree is winding down, as is the pear with its few blossoms (this is a resting year after last fall's fruit boom). Wild strawberries, gold currant, pie cherries, saskatoon, lilac, tulips, grape hyacinths, and violets are blooming. Honeysuckle is just starting to bloom and the columbine has buds on it.

Yesterday I planted some lily of the valley and columbine. I have some more herbs to plant, and a couple of tomatoes.

The wind finally died down a bit. It's lovely tonight -- warm breeze in the dusky air, and high overhead the white horns of the moon.