Yellow-rumped Warbler and Daffodils

March was warm, but April has been cool.  We had snow this weekend.  Meanwhile it is time for spring bird migration and I was able to take a picture of a yellow-rumped warbler in the garden for the first time this past week.

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It was almost sun-down when I caught this picture of a yellow-rumped warbler.  I got a lot of blurry pictures, too.

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Mourning dove and daffodils.

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On a rainy day a few small insects seek shelter in the daffodil trumpet.

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The different kinds of daffodils bloom at different times, so they keep in bloom for quite a long time.

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These mini daffodils would be wrapping up now, but the weather has been so cool that they continue to look great!

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Just above the daffodils a dark-eyed junco pauses in the viburnum bushes.

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I love these white daffodils.

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I believe this is a double daffodil – Ice King.  I am not that impressed, since they are so heavy they often hang down or get bent over by the snow or wind.

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The crabapple –  Malus ‘Profusion’-  has young red leaves now.

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The robins are active now.  I have not pulled down the old collard stalks, though it seems clear that they are dead.  Behind them the rhubarb leaves are beginning to unfurl.

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The spicebush is finishing up blooming now.  A black-capped chickadee was singing in the spicebush today.  The chickadees nested in the bluebird bird house last spring/summer, since bluebirds have stopped visiting.

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Our common lilac, which was huge, had a lot of dead branches.  We cut them all off except this one branch and a few shoots.  If it does not revive we will plant something else, but we are pretty lazy, so we will see if it revives on its own.  The mourning dove slipped into this picture, too.

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A house finch in the sun yesterday.

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I planted garlic bulbs last spring.  They died back last year and appeared again this spring.  On the internet it says:  “Harvest when the tops begin to yellow and fall over, before they are completely dry.”  This will probably be in July or August.  I should get some lettuce seeds planted soon.  I have some kale coming up that survived the winter.  In a few weeks it will be time to start planting hardy vegetables.

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