We’re stuck in the high 30s and low 40s, with an occasional tantalizing taste of 60 degrees. The grass is greening, so at least the first inch or two of soil must be thawed.

Birds

Jenny said she saw a bald eagle last week while I was gone – another sign of the ice breaking up – but it hasn’t returned since I’ve been back. I did see two new birds today, though:

  • A red-bellied woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus) came to our feeder. Its reddest part is actually the back of its neck, but it’s more fun (and less insulting :-)) to say "red-bellied".
  • A sharp-shinned hawk (Accipiter striatus), but don’t hold me to that – it could have been a Cooper’s. I’m still pretty vague on my raptor identification. He swooped across our backyard, perched briefly on a telephone pole, and then flew back into the woods.

Later this afternoon I spotted a small group of Canada geese in muscular, purposeful flight, and a flock of two dozen crows gathered for a social hour in our backyard. I was happy to see so many, after last year’s West Nile Virus scare
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