Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Lesser Gold

Another bird note: The Lesser Goldfinches returned last week, about Thursday I think. Little tiny things! Aldo Leopold once wrote, about winter survival of chickadees, that "It seems likely that weather is the only killer so devoid of humor and dimension as to kill a chickadee..."

Lesser Goldfinches ought to be safe, then-- they are even smaller than chickadees! Hard to believe Artemis would bother trying to catch one. We had six or eight on the thistle feeders over the weekend, but once the storm moved in, they disappeared for a couple days.

Under the snow: Before the storm, I went out checking. Oregon grape hollies were blooming, and just a few Easter daisies. Spring beauties were just visible, with buds unopened. More to come!

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