All right – I’m the first to admit that it does not take much to amuse me…
On Saturday, I saw a kingfisher flying to a nearby pine tree while out at the dog park.
On Sunday, I heard the unmistakable song of the starling – staking out its territory.
On Monday, I actually saw the starling: a pair of them, none-the-less, in my back yard, sharing breakfast with the 13 squirrels who regularly frequent my yard (the squirrels are all one family: ‘One-Eyed-Jackie’, also known as ‘Splittie’ as she is both missing one eye and has an ear that has been split into two has been coming here for , well, I guess this would be her 7 or 8th spring, always bringing her pups….the ‘regular 13′ are she, her offspring and their offspring).
Some of the squirrels appear to have already had their pups – you can tell by the suddenly loose skin on the females’ tummies. Though, since their nipples are still not showing significant hair-loss, the pups must be very young indeed!
The crow-clans have – again – began to haggle over their territorial borders (we live at boundary of 3 different clans, who are always haggling over which clan will control ‘our’ little enclave of houses).
And, today (Tuesday), I saw the chipmunk who lives in my next-door neighbour’s garage – out and about, all woken up from hibernation!
And THAT is an unmistakable sign that spring really IS here!