I spent much of yesterday afternoon at the Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary with fellow-bloggers Tim (Think big, no, even bigger) and Susannah (Wandrin' Weeta) (and Laurie was there too!). It was the first time I have met any of the above, and, as Susannah said, it was like meeting old friends for the first time. I think we all kept half-expecting to bump into each other eventually, but we decided to hurry eventually along and agreed to meet, and what better way than birding? A lot of birding is walking, occasionally stopping to investigate intriguing things such as rapacious carp or flowering cow parsnip*, and telling stories. And then you add birds. Perfect. The weather was spectacularly different from the rest of this spring--which is to say it was spectacular. Birds were doing bird spring things, including singing and nesting.
On the other side of the tracks, a House Sparrow squatted in a swallow box.
We ended up with a decent list, starting with Rufous Hummingbird at the front gate and ending with Peregrine, which, while calling, circled over the trees at the margin of the east field.
Thank you, internet, for facilitating a very pleasant outing.
*Rapacious carp and flowering cow parsnip.