Some nice bird sightings on a morning walk today. It was on the cool side - mid-40s, I'd guess, though I didn't check a thermometer - but bright and sunny.
I heard, and then saw when I followed the sound, a towhee. They used to be called rufous-sided, but now are called eastern towhees. It's not a big bird, but it has a loud and distinctive song.
And up in the field I saw a pair of tree swallows. First I saw one flying around in the acrobatic way they do. Then it landed in a tree.
Then I watched them fly around in the air some more.
I saw what might be their nest site.
And I watched them fly around some more, 'til they landed in another tree for a rest.
On April 4 there was a brush fire. I don't know anything about when or how it started, and I'm thankful that we've had as much rain as we have this spring - the damage doesn't seem too extensive. But several young pine trees got singed. I'll be interested to see how they react over the long term. One good thing I noticed that the fire did was to burn the buds off some winged euonymus bushes - we've got a lot of that invasive around, and I won't be sorry if some of it dies off.