The hawthorn is a small tree, but it’s thorns are impressive.

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 A brown thrasher has graced my yard. He chairs a gardener’s support group. A mnemonic for his melodious song in which he repeats himself as men my age do is, “Plant a seed, plant a seed; bury it, bury it; cover it up, cover it up; let it grow, let it grow; pull it up, pull it up; eat it, eat it.”

A brown thrasher has graced my yard. He chairs a gardener’s support group. A mnemonic for his melodious song in which he repeats himself as men my age do is, “Plant a seed, plant a seed; bury it, bury it; cover it up, cover it up; let it grow, let it grow; pull it up, pull it up; eat it, eat it.”

 A white-throated sparrow brightens a yard. It’s lovely whistle tells part of the tale of, “Old Sven Peterson, Peterson, Peterson.”

A white-throated sparrow brightens a yard. It’s lovely whistle tells part of the tale of, “Old Sven Peterson, Peterson, Peterson.”

 A 60-ton buffalo seen in Jamestown, North Dakota.

A 60-ton buffalo seen in Jamestown, North Dakota.

 White storks roosting on the roof of a house in Austria.

White storks roosting on the roof of a house in Austria.

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 I see snowbirds in my yard in May each year.

I see snowbirds in my yard in May each year.

 Here’s something for you to chew on.

Here’s something for you to chew on.

 seen in Haines, Alaska.

seen in Haines, Alaska.

 A Baltimore oriole stopped by today for a bite of jelly.

A Baltimore oriole stopped by today for a bite of jelly.