Last year when our plum tree was in full bloom, we spotted a Cape May Warbler flitting around among the blossoms. We sat and watched him for a few hours. Now the tree is again in full bloom, but this year we have to content ourselves with a few butterflies and bumblebees around the blossoms.
Yesterday I was pruning the raspberries - not a very pleasant task - but while I was at it, the brown thrasher was singing to me. His song is varied and he can mimic a number of different birds. I can now recognize his song by the fact that it is varied, and that he repeats each phrase.
Another thing happened the other day. We heard the drumming noise of a woodpecker. It was a yellowshafted flicker, using the neighbour's playhouse as a drum. He kept this up for some time. I think he was just making noise.
The wood ducks have been checking out our cottonwood tree as a potential home. It seems that they again have decided to build elsewhere.