Ah, Sunday night…when I linger even longer over ads for jobs that I will never ever bother to apply for. Sunday night, when a certain gray woolen world-weariness descends, tamping out the embers that have sparked to life over three days away from the twelfth circle of Hell.
But to focus on the positive, it was a good weekend…full of birding and time with friends (and even some family). Friday night I enjoyed an excellent dinner here with said friends and family. I spent a lot of time outside, enjoying the amazing weather. Also, gardening materials were gathered today. Soon the raised bed will be constructed and seeds will be planted. On Friday at Lake Roland, I heard my FOY (that’s first-of-year for you non-birders) Pine Warbler and Eastern Phoebe. On Saturday at North Point State Park, I saw my FOY Osprey, while barbecuing with friends a few steps away from the Bay. Earlier that day, a friend and I attended naturalist extraordinaire Jim Peters’ bird walk at Fort McHenry. The highlights for me were a very cooperative Brown Creeper that literally seemed to be following us around (best looks I’ve ever gotten at this bird), and a small flock of Fox Sparrows (soon to be headed north!). At the Fort I also saw my FOY Tree Swallows, a welcome sight indeed. So it was definitely an awesome weekend for spotting and hearing a few of the early migrants, as well as for fraternizing with some of my non-feathered friends.
Now I will return to Winesburg, Ohio for a final visit before I move on in my travels, next time to Texasville.