An Eastern Towhee was singing in a flowering shrubs near the outer perimeter of the yard
Old friends showed up in their Sunday bests
Even the lowly European Starling, still sprouting new feathers around his neck, was fancying elegant under-tail coverts.
Also encountered during this morning's grocery shopping my FOY Gray Catbird looking a little bit disheveled:
A Purple Finch was feeding from a tube feeder which I had moved from the tree to the railing because of a bunch of voracious red squirrels.
Another visitor to my yard was a Baltimore Oriole. I heard his melodious song but did not locate him high up in a tree until he was ready to take off, showing me just a flash of orange.
And lastly, saved from the investigative nose of my dog, a painted turtle. I brought it up to the deck for some photos. Isn't that a beautiful color and pattern? Reminds me of some old native Indian pottery
After the photo shoot I carried it down to the wetland safe from the dogs.
I will put a photo of a nesting Bald Eagle in my next post. Also hope to find some migrant warblers.