Spring!

It just turned Spring a couple of days ago. The snow was gone, and for a few days last week it was warm enough to work in the yard in my shirtsleeves.

About a week ago, I took a walk in our local city park. One of the yards bordering the park was full of songbirds making a wonderful racket! On a closer look, I saw that this yard had about five bird feeders in it. I told Sue – she said she saw an ad in the paper for bird feeders, so we went out and bought a couple. I filled one with seed and hung it in the tree in the front yard where Sue can see it from her office.

For the next week it hung there, ignored by all the birds in the neighborhood.

This morning when I looked out the window everything was covered with a fresh blanket of snow. Isn’t this supposed to be Spring? Then, during breakfast, Sue called out from her office, “Look, there’s a bird on our feeder!”
Sure enough, there was. Over the next hour we watched as more and more birds found our feeder in the snow. There were finches, tri-colored blackbirds,and several other species I couldn’t identify. They emptied the feeder, then left.

Right now, the snow is falling again, and the birds have gone. But we refilled the feeder – they’ll be back.

I think we need more feeders.

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Red Hill

Sue and I took a walk today on another part of the Portneuf Greenway. This time on the Red Hill section. This trail winds north on the west side of Red Hill and ends on the ISU campus by the old athletic field. Here’s some pictures:
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What a beautiful day!

Idaho State University

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On Saturday, Sue and I took a drive and found ourselves at the campus of Idaho State University, so we got out of the car and walked around a bit. It’s quite an attractive campus. One of the treats we discovered there is the Idaho Museum of Natural History, which we understand will be getting a facelift this spring, and in addition is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution. The museum features a number of nice exhibits on local wildlife and geology, including a mounted skeleton of a prehistoric bison with horns spread about 8 feet wide!