I've spent a lot of time outside this spring thanks to our cleaning, planting, and building projects. One of the little blessings afforded me has been numerous sightings of all manner of wild animals. Deer are almost daily visitors, groundhogs are common. Also on the list of creatures seen are dogs, cats, a large red fox, and a coyote. The mammals we've seen are great fun to catalog, but by far the most numerous and varied are the members of the avian kingdom. Here is a list of the running tally so far, though it is probably not an exhaustive list since I have not bothered to write down my various visitors.
Brown-Headed Cow Bird
Swallows (I'm not sure of the species)
Eastern Wild Turkey
Great Blue Heron
White Crowned Sparrow
White Breasted Nuthatch
Slate colored Junco
The last bird on the list there was exciting. I have not seen a Meadowlark since I was a boy. The other day I sat on the front porch with my binoculars and watched a happy, healthy specimen waltz through our neighbor's hayfield. Every minute or so he'd throw back his head and let out a trill, then turn back to the ground and walk along, probing here and there for bugs and grubs. The yellow on his throat was the same color yellow as the dandelion blossoms he walked through.