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We have woods behind our house and I feed the birds and wildlife. I love the serenades I get first thing in the morning when I put out food and fresh water. This morning's chorus included White-throated sparrows, brown-headed cowbirds, black-capped chickadees, mourning dove, American goldfinch, yellow-rumped warblers and northern cardinals.

It truly makes my day when I get to experience nature like this. I will miss it when I move.

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This morning is nice and sunny, so Mother Nature brought many yellow birds to serenade me: Baltimore Oriole, Yellow Warbler, Tennessee Warbler, Nashville Warbler, American Goldfinch and non-yellow birds: Brown-headed Cowbirds, Carolina Wrens and Northern Cardinals.

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My morning chorale had even more newcomers this morning. Indigo Buntings and Warbling Vireos have stopped by the neighborhood to sing (and hopefully eat) with our Tufted Titmice, Northern Cardinals, Baltimore Orioles, American Redstarts, Northern Flickers,and American Robins. I would be thrilled to actually see one of the Indigo Buntings. I have Bluebirds occasionally, but they've disappeared for the time being--pretty sure the bully starlings ran them off. The Buntings are such a brilliant blue and I've never seen one. I'm excited!

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Lucky (cat) actually let me oversleep by half an hour this morning. I needed it. I have not been sleeping well for a few nights and feel better now with just those few extra minutes.

 

Edited to add that both sisters are now home. Younger sis is very tired but feeling mostly fine after the ablation. Older sis is also tired but feeling mostly back to normal--they deemed her gall bladder OK and not necessary to come out at this time. I don't expect that to last, as she does not eat a well-balanced diet by any stretch of the imagination.

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Free pastries from Arsicault Bakery, who IMO has the best croissants in SF, courtesy of well-heeled clients at the office for a meeting.  I could only manage a quarter of an almond croissant.

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This morning while I was putting out birdseed, I had 2 young squirrels that kept running back and forth across the deck as if to hurry me along. The musical accompaniment was provided by Red-eyed Vireo, Mourning Dove, Brown-headed Cowbird, Yellow-bellied Flycatcher (new!!), Broad-winged Hawk (also new!!), Carolina Wren and Red-bellied Woodpecker. It was rare that the Cardinals weren't joining in. They were out earlier, but perhaps they were put off by a hawk in the area.

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