The robins from yesterday have moved on- we saw very few today, and that was early this morning. What we did see at the feeders today were brown headed cowbirds. I have very mixed feelings about cowbirds. While the males are really cool looking with their black bodies, brown heads and short little beaks, they are brood parasites and may have contributed to the decline of several rare bird species. On the other hand they've developed a pretty sneaky way of getting their young raised without any effort on their part, leaving them free to pursue other interests while still maintaining a biological edge. If you'd like to learn more about them, NestWatch at the Cornell Ornithology Lab has some interesting info about them.
Today was one of those lovely spring days that create a welcome interruption in the gloomy, cold winter weather. Blue skies, warm temperatures, a gentle breeze, perfect for getting outside and puttering around. I'd love to say I got my hands dirty today, but I didn't- I got my gloved hands in the dirt for awhile, though. I usually wear gardening gloves when I'm working out in the garden, but hate wearing gloves to pot up seedlings. However, since the chemo has left me with a compromised immune system and even sterilized potting soil, once opened, often contains bacterial and fungal pathogens that can cause some serious illnesses, gloves are now part of my potting attire., I wore purple rubber gloves today when I potted up the little lettuce seedlings. The seedlings were getting their second set of leaves and were ready to come out of their vermiculite birthplace, so now they're stretching their roots out in potting soil in little six pack type pots.