A fine day and we were up and aout early to see what had arrived in the arboretum before breakfast … well, the first warblers of the year (Yellow-rumped), Eastern Phoebe, early Tree Swallows were checking out the nesting boxes, a Hermit Thrush was skulking in the litter below some junipers, Brown-headed Cowbirds and other birds were around – a total of 24 species before the need for coffee and the arrival of the dog-walkers drew us home again.

Back in the garden, a bumblebee was cheking the weed flowers and a Rose-breasted Grosbeak came to the feeders.

Next week should be even better – May is a good month.

The warbler "ride" in the arboretum

The warbler "ride" in the arboretum

Fiddleheads pushing up under the larcghes

Fiddleheads pushing up under the larcghes

Bumblebee spp.

Bumblebee spp.

Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Rose-breasted Grosbeak