My birding buddy and sister, Mary Jo Stein, was there, and we went birding together several times.
The highlight of our final day of birding was a view of a Parula warbler --- a male, if full breeding plumage - and these are the most colorful of our mid-atlantic nesters, I think. He was singing his very high-pitched whistle, too.
This photo is from the Cornell Lab website:
Speaking of Cornell... I have continued my addiction to the Red-tail Hawk nestcam live streaming from Cornell. Now all three young hawks have fledged, but we watchers and lurkers have continued to follow their progress as new flyers . We have witness some drama with the third one, C-3 ( no nmaes for them until they are banded) The experts think she is a female. She was the last to fledge, and took her time about it. Now she does worrying things like getting trapped in the loading dock of the Cornell Library ( someone caught her and rescued her and let her go) and spending a day and a half perched on a bike rack on the campus. The chatters and camera folks have been joined by "BOGs" - birders on the ground - who have been reporting and updating, while thousands of us online wring our hands and get no work done at home.
You are probably thinking: Get a life! But this is a delightful part of our lives right now.
Here is C3 still in the nest:
Here she is, at the loading dock:
Here she is, on the bike railing:
What did that passer-by think?
Lots of anthropomorphizing going on at this chatroom, I can tell you.
Anyway... I have spent some hours back home this week in luscious, cool, dry weather, tackling the weeds in the garden, mulching, and admiring the flowers that are presently blooming there:
Calla Lilies from some past Easter:
Asiatic Lilies, Astilbe, Larkspur, Coreopsis, Swamp Milkweed, and still the Cherry Bells. I love to just stand there and admire them all.