It’s days like this that make up for living through a long New England winter.
Forsythia and violets in bloom:
The cat likes spring too:
The cat was very focused on looking up into one particular bush that’s right outside M’s window, and I realized there was a cardinal sitting in her nest near the top of the bush! We actually get a beautiful up-close view by looking through M’s window.
Cardinal in the nest:
And when E checked on the nest this evening, she called out that the babies have been born, because now you can see a little tiny mouth:
The cardinal swooped in with more food a few minutes later.
And for a truly weird spring wildlife encounter, last night E was sitting on the sofa playing on her laptop for a couple of hours with the cat sound asleep beside her. When she got up to go to bed, she realized there was a frog sitting on her laptop cooling fan, which had likely been there all evening:
I’m pretty sure it wandered into the house behind me about 10 hours earlier. I’d heard some weird chirpy/squeaky noises, but thought it was birds arguing outside the open kitchen window. Nope. Evidently it was the frog, saying, “Hey, I’m stuck in here! What should I do? I know, I’ll curl up on this piece of electronics and sleep.”
The frog was happy to get back outside in the sun today (it slept in the garage for the rest of the night), and we were careful to keep the cat away from both the frog and the nest.