Orioles, bloodroot, whitethroats

Today we have our first oriole hanging around. I’ll post a little video clip. He’s pretty tame.

Forgot to say that I say my first bloodroots down by the river on Friday. Today the ones Diane transplanted up to the house are blooming.
There’s a bunch of white-throated sparrows around the feeder, and they’ve been singing, too (Oh sweet Canada, Canada, Canada). I was a little surprised to see whitethroats up north last weekend since I hadn’t seen any down here yet. They usually come through here in May.
At the feeder today I’ve seen the oriole, chickadees, nuthatches, downy woodpeckers, hairy woodpeckers, white-throated sparrows, chipping sparrows, juncos, house finches, goldfinches … probably one or two more I’m forgetting. 
Beautiful day. Cleaning the house, warming up the hot tub. I’m going to the dedication of Kathio Township Hall this afternoon. Drop Leif and his friend Miles at the skatepark in Onamia. Then we might go to a movie tonight.
The nets stuck in ice story has been picked up by AP, so it’s nationwide, now. I think they used the Pioneer Press story (ours was better). The video we posted of netters cleaning nets has over 600 views in less than two days. 

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