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Wren and Catbird Are Back

After living here so many years, I know fairly precisely when the migratory birds of summer will be back. The wrens arrived just a bit late because of our cold weather, and have now been here a week. Since their arrival they’ve been busy setting up in the little bird house that hangs from one of my dogwood trees. The hole in the wren house is carefully sized to allow the passage of only the tiniest birds. The wrens fit nicely, as they’re only 4 1/2 inches long. That small entrance hole is a source of immense frustration to the larger, fatter sparrows, who try incessantly to squeeze themselves in. . . . → Read More: Wren and Catbird Are Back

Attention Horses

I knew that the Washington area was full of overeducated people, but even the animals are well-read. Apparently horses in this area can read signs:

A Flood of Bluebells

Washington in springtime is most famous for its cherry blossoms, but I know something just as beautiful that you won’t have to share with 200,000 of your closest friends. Just a few miles outside the beltway on the banks of Bull Run are thousands of Virginia Bluebells, and they’re blooming right now. . . . → Read More: A Flood of Bluebells