And tonight, I could happily have stood outside for hours, listening to the chorus of frog song, and the 'who cooks for you?' call of the Barred Owl.
The American goldfinches arrived at the feeders today.
And, my hallelujah moment, the barn swallows are back. Due to habitat loss and pesticide use, these wonderful birds have declined dramatically -- and they are a favourite part of my summer -- so we are always thrilled when they make it back. Last year, we had three successful hatchings in the stable. Hopefully, this summer will be even better for them.