March Sunday

Cold and windy Sunday morning a few snow flakes blowing about
Sunday morning breakfast:

   During breakfast the first red winged blackbird showed up at the feeder. They are one of the most abundant birds across North America, and  boldly colored. You'll find the Red-winged Blackbird  atop cattails, along soggy roadsides, and on telephone wires. Glossy-black males have scarlet-and-yellow shoulder patches they can puff up or hide depending on how confident they feel. Females are a subdued, streaky brown, almost like a large, dark sparrow. Their  arrival and distinctive  song are  indications of the return of spring. This fellow had just flown into town and stopped off for snack at our feeder. Welcome back buddy.
   And more good news, we saw flocks of robins, meadow lark and killdeer feeding in a field. The birds are definitely returning.


    Sunday was not a good day for working in the garden, 30's and blowing snow,  but we did manage to pull out a few stakes, spread  some mulch, took down a 6" poplar tree that was shading the garden and Norway spruce that was getting too close to a power line.We loaded the brush on the 64 ton truck and took it to the burn pile. It was too windy to burn so  we tried weeding the vegetable beds but froze out after a few minutes and went for a walk .
  One weed, Henbit,  has spread a good bit over the mild winter, and is beginning to flower. Fortunately it is easy to pull. Itt needs to go before it flowers. Lets remember to finish that choir.
  Our walk took us to Bucks coffee house where we saw friends. Back home we built a fire watch a movie, "Water for Chocolate" ****. It was a great day. Thanks Marcia.


Henbit flowers, Lamium amplexicaule.

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JOHN McCarley

PO Box 524
Cashiers, North Carolina 28717
United States


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