The Magnolia stellata and Magnolia grandiflora are putting on good shows this year (such a shame there was actually snow mixed with last night’s heavy rain).

Mid-morning today a Great Blue Heron decided to visit us – he stood on the arch for several minutes looking at the pond before deciding that as it contains no fish he had better fly off up the road to our friend’s garden where there are lots of fish.  An uncommon visitor.

Other (unphotographed) birds in the garden today included Brown Creeper, Ruby-crowned Kinglets in droves, at least one Fox Sparrow seen several times, plus the common guys such as multitudes of Robins, Red-winged Blackbirds, Euro-Starlings, Common Grackles, Chickadees etc.  All welcome.

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