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Sunshine, Lollipops and Rainbows

Day 195

Today’s post is brought to you by the jukebox in my head, and Lesley Gore of course. Yesterday was a cool and breezy day, but today has the promise of being a bit warmer. Looking outside and seeing the sun made this song pop into my head.

Birds

We love to watch the birds at the feeder. It is a favorite pastime of our grandchildren as well. I use a very cool and easy-to-use app called Merlin Bird ID from Cornell Labs to identify birds and learn about their habitat and their behavior. The app also lets you share your findings which is nice!

The ruby-throated hummingbirds are back. Our first sighting was on the 14th. We see them off and on throughout the day now. They are already exhibiting their swooping behavior. This can either be a territorial or a mating display. The poor hummingbirds spend more energy defending their territory than they do eating.

At the feeder today:

  • Goldfinches galore (bright yellow now that spring is here)
  • White throated sparrow
  • Blue jay
  • Northern cardinal
  • Tufted titmouse
  • Carolina wren
  • White-breasted nuthatch
  • Chickadee
  • Eastern Towhee
  • Downy Woodpecker
  • Brown thrasher
  • Indigo Bunting

The Indigo Bunting is a rare sight for us. They winter in Central America and the blaze of blue flying through the trees is unmistakeable. Seeing this bird always makes me feel the presence of my sister and that makes me happy. She always had Indigo Buntings at her feeder.

Plans for the Day

Today I will get back outside. Hubby raised our raised garden to improve drainage. Today I will plant radishes, tomatoes, peppers, rosemary, cilantro and basil to kick things off. We still need more tomato plants. Tomatoes bought in the store have no flavor compared to tomatoes straight off the vine.

Oh, and I picked the only ripe strawberry off my small basket. It was delicious.