First of all, happy mother's day!
It's beginning to look like May around here. The trellis is out of storage, the hummingbird feeder is up, and the bird houses are ready for occupants. I have two of these bluebird houses up, one on each side of the trellis, in hopes that we'll get some this year. I have cleaned out the beef fat from the suet feeder for the woodpeckers, and replaced it with halved oranges instead as I hear that bluebirds and orioles like orange citrus.
My brother lives 10 minutes from us and he's already seen hummers and bluebirds but nothing here yet. Last year, the wrens built their nests in these houses. They build one they actually use and the other as a decoy nest.
You can see the lilacs in the background. They are starting to turn purple and will be in full bloom by Memorial Day.
Yesterday we had a downpour of rain and the shrubs and flowers will be happy for it.
Today's job is to move the snowblower from the garage to the shed since I think we've passed any chance of a late snowstorm!