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Saturday, May 7, 2011

If you've ever wanted to take up bird-watching, you should do it today.

This post is only tangentially related to gardens, but I feel compelled to say a word about some amazing experiences bird-watchers have been having in the last couple of days.

I stopped at Dolph Park on Wagner on Friday sans binoculars, and had close encounters with a myriad of warblers and thrushes. Binoculars would have only gotten in the way. It was the best 10 minutes of bird-watching in my life. Today a birder at the same park reported sighting 17 species of warblers alone.  It obviously has something to do with weather patterns, the late arrival of spring, the delayed development of adult insects, etc, . . .  but whatever the reasons, there is a perfect storm going on that has brought us a boat-load of winged beauties to near arm's reach. You may never get a better opportunity in southeast Michigan. And feel free to ask for assistance from other birders in the field. They're a friendly group.

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