Green leaves! Green leaves! The deciduous shrubs are starting to leaf out!
Of course, this is a honeysuckle bush, which is – you guessed it – an invasive species. So I probably shouldn’t be too happy to see it thriving, but after such a long, snowy winter, any greenery at all is welcome.
The birds are really getting down to business with their nests; a pair of Red-bellied Woodpeckers are nesting in a cavity in a tree right outside the lodge, and my favorite nest to visit is the Great-horned Owls in the dead tree down by the spring. However, I think the Carolina Wrens win the prize for site selection.
They’ve taken up residence in the electrical box thingie* right next to the fire circle, our main outdoor meeting spot! No, I don’t have mad crazy nest ID skills, I just know this is a Carolina Wren nest because I’ve seen the culprits flying in and out with nesting material. I was wondering whether all the activity around them might eventually drive them away, but one of the other naturalists told me that a pair of wrens actually nests in this spot every year, so I guess they’re used to it.
Good luck, guys. Anyway, I just finished registering online to get my Wilderness First Aid certification and take the GRE. Yay?
*Isn’t my knowledge of electrical engineering impressive?