28 Feb: Helen Aaron died today. That's 7 departed now. Winter has been pretty mild with little snow and moderate winter temperatures.
22 April: the giant hosta popped up last night. April has been mostly cool and budding is slow but today my world turned pale green and rain is on the way. Got the temp plates for the Taos that I bought on March 6th. Not a lot of frog eggs in the pond this spring but loads of newts and very large tadpoles made it through the winter. I have redwing blackbirds around which, I think, is a first.
23 May: This morning at 8:00 I saw the last baby starling fledge from the hollow in the Maple behind my house. The other three must have left yesterday while I was not home.
The last one floundered about on the side of the tree outside her nest then fell straight to the ground. But when I went out to check on her, she had already made it over to the lumber pile outside the outhouse. She was still calling for her parents. Then I looked away for one moment and she disappeared. I heard another sibling calling from way up the Maple across the stream. I'll be smiling all day thinking about their epic journey into adulthood and my great fortune to have seen at least one of them make the leap.