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Monday, March 21, 2011

Things I DO NOT miss about southwestern Pennsylvania (in no particular order)

Things I DO NOT miss about southwestern Pennsylvania (in no particular order).

#4 No spring

Although southwestern PA can have a glorious fall (and it rains a lot in the fall too) it seems to completely bypass anything close to a spring. Oh sure, there are a few days when the incessant snow (!), sleet, rain, and overall gloom let up enough to remind you of the warmer days to come. But overall, this is one season that would be better named "flood."  

Pittsburgh flooding

Saturday, March 19, 2011

First 2011 sighting of the Hooded Orioles!

As is usually the case, I heard the Hooded Orioles first. I've been watching for them now for a few weeks because it's that time of year when they reappear in Tucson to nest over the summer. When I ran to the window, I saw two males scoping out the hummingbird feeders. I'm convinced it's the same family that returns every year because they seem to know EXACTLY where the feeders are, and they know EXACTLY how to precariously hang on them to sip nectar. March 19 -- this is six days earlier than I saw them last year.