Wednesday, May 4, 2016

#phenology return of the Rose-breasted Grosbeak

This morning the first Rose-breasted Grosbeak of the year appeared at the feeder. That brightened the day and raised hopes that other "snow-birds" like the orioles and scarlet tanagers may soon return.

Rose-breasted Grosbeak (male)
Rose-breasted Grosbeak (male)
Photo by J. Harrington

The pear tree is in full bloom. I'm beginning to believe Spring is actually here and a day in May in Minnesota may be an answer to James Russell Lowell's long-standing question:

pear tree in bloom
pear tree in bloom
Photo by J. Harrington

Have you ever wondered why the Minnesota legislature isn't wise enough and dedicated enough to adjust their schedule so they're adjourned by this time of year. Winter is a time for heated battles. Spring is for planting and enjoying the fact that Winter's finally done.


By Jonathan Galassi

The backyard apple tree gets sad so soon,
takes on a used-up, feather-duster look
within a week.

The ivy’s spring reconnaissance campaign
sends red feelers out and up and down
to find the sun.

Ivy from last summer clogs the pool,
brewing a loamy, wormy, tea-leaf mulch
soft to the touch

and rank with interface of rut and rot.
The month after the month they say is cruel
is and is not.

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