We're quite excited today, having sighted female and/or juvenile evening grosbeaks flying around the treetops and in the shrubs near the house. They used to be regulars at our bird feeders, breeding nearby, but for two or three years we've scarcely spotted them. They are greatly missed. I've put out the feeders they used to like best, well stocked with food.
And we noticed a new robin's nest in the beech tree in front of the house. The grosbeaks and the bluejays like it, because it's so tall and it has green beechnuts. Having so many visitors makes the robins crazy. As we ate breakfast on the deck, we saw the female fly up out of the nest to chase away the intruders.
Rose of the Day
Rosa canina, the "dog rose,". An ancient species of rose, growing wild in Britain and Europe--it's common in English hedgerows. The flowers are pale or blush pink, sweetly scented, and form nice hips that can be used to make a medicinal syrup or wine.