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One of the things I record in my daily journal is an inventory of the wildlife I see each day. This can range from commonly seen bunnies to birds, like blue herons and orioles. Every once in a while there may be something a little more unusual, like raccoons, ground hogs, or deer. To me, there’s nothing that makes me feel part of the world at large like watching wildlife go about their daily lives; it makes me feel blessed, not to mention all that I learn about animal behavior.

Last week I was sitting at my desk with the window open in our upstairs office. I suddenly heard something hit the screen. I looked over and saw a fuzzy-headed baby bird, hanging on for dear life; then, it dropped out of sight. I quickly told my husband what happened then went outside to check on the bird’s fate.

I couldn’t stop myself from looking at the ground first; I breathed a sigh of relief that it wasn’t there. I looked up and saw him/her huddled on the top of a bush below the window. Then the parents – grackles – began to fly in circles at window height squawking in panic. I recognized that there was nothing I could do except hope for the best, and hurried back into the house. Certainly I didn’t want to be attacked by the birds for trying to help.

By the time my husband and I went outside for a walk about 20 minutes later, the baby was nowhere to be seen. Neither were the parents. I could only hope he/she had found its way back to the nest. I prefer my nature alive and well.

{March 21, 2011}   Ah…Spring!

It’s finally here, at least according to the calendar.  As I write this, snow flakes are falling, but not sticking on the ground…(oh-oh…as I continue to write they are starting to stick).

This is usually the time of year when the still-chilly air is balanced out by the warm, strengthening sun on our backs as we do our yard work, and this year will require a lot of clean-up.

What are the elements of spring for me? Activities, visible signs, audible signs, and internal (emotional) signs.

Activities: going to the flower show in Boston…planting seeds inside…being able to open the windows at night without totally freezing…walking, walking, walking…planning the yard sale that I WILL have this year.

Visible signs: crocuses blooming; hyacinths , daffodils and tulips popping out of the ground; birds, birds, birds everywhere; and this year…the big plowed snow pile on the driveway finally completely melted!

Audible signs: birds, birds, birds — more variety, especially in the morning; going to sleep with tree frogs and ducks drowning out the sounds of the commuter train (we love this the most).

Emotional signs: the lifting of my spirits and energy level as I come out of winter hibernation; the desire to wash and vacuum my car (believe me…that’s special for me); wanting to let the fresh air in (despite the fact that these temperatures in the winter time we would have considered “cold”), and finally, wanting desperately to be outside as much as possible!

et cetera
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