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Date:12/19/2014 8:24:58 PM
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Springtime and More New Arrivals
Springtime. The word itself sounds musical. Literature is replete with prose and poetry celebrating its arrival. Every Liberal Arts major remembers (or should) the medieval English poem "Sumer Is Icumen In". Written in the Wessex dialect of Middle English, even in its original form it conveys the joy and relief of a new season of life.

Sumer is icumen in,
Lhude sing cuccu!
Groweþ sed and bloweþ med,
And springþ þe wde nu,

(Summer has come in,
Loudly sing, Cuckoo!
The seed grows and the meadow
And the wood springs anew,)

I was thrilled last week to see that the Bluebirds came back to their house down the hill. (I was worried because I had forgotten to clean it out) We have swallows this year as well. Some folks don't like it when they try to nest in their out buildings but here we welcome them because of all the insects they eat. I've already posted photos of the Orioles which used our birdbath and checked out the feeder. Tomorrow we will set up the nectar feeders for them and the hummingbirds. I have not heard of anyone seeing the Ruby Throats here yet, (that's the only type of hummer we get up here) but once we set it up, I'll bet they'll be by.

Two days ago we saw the first Indigo Bunting. Yesterday morning I saw the first Rose-breasted Grosbeak. Now I know that these species aren't usually capitalized, but as they are valued friends here at La Ferme Sabloneuse, I feel it is only fitting. They are our new arrivals, and as such, deserve a certain respect. -- Gary
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