This has been a great year for birds in my neck of the woods. We’ve seen more California quail, pheasants, and other midsize birds running around here this summer than we can remember. “My” swallows (we have a pair that have nested under our deck for years) were able to fledge two batches of babies this summer, too. Batch No. 2 took so long to hatch that I was starting to worry, but of course the babies are doing well.
Reminds me of sending off No. 1 son to college this week–he may have edged out of the nest, but I’ll still be stuffing bugs into his beak (otherwise known as his checking account) all year.