I've always considered myself an amateur naturalist, & love keeping track of the flora & fauna around here. In fact, since 2008 I've been keeping an Excel doc titled "Seasonal Firsts", where I keep track of the first seasonal sightings - i.e. first crocus, first Chipping Sparrow, first Hummingbird, first frost, first snowfall, etc., etc. We also keep a goodly part of our 22 acres relatively "wild" for wildlife, as well as offering a veritable buffet of bird feeders year-round, & the requisite birdbaths & nesting sites. Thus we always have a varied assortment of feathered residents around to enjoy.
At the moment we have a pair of chickadees in one bird box, a pair of Great Crested flycatchers in another, & have had Bluebirds checking out the others. I particularly enjoy the flycatchers - such striking birds. Also have Barn swallows & Phoebes nesting in the barn - the swallows inside; the Phoebes under the overhang.
A couple of male Rose-breasted grosbeaks have been visiting the sunflower tray feeder, so they're around, and several pairs of Indigo buntings too. Although we've had a resident pair of Red-shouldered hawks around for many years that we suspect are nesting in our mature woodlot, haven't located the nest. But we catch them mating in late winter, & then out & about with their grown youngsters later in the season. Ditto with the beautiful prehistoric-looking Pileated woodpeckers. And in two or three months, we'll have large groups of female wild turkeys stalking through our yard, fields, & woods with their gangs of little poults - all different ages from tiny fluffs to teenagers. Looks like group babysitting - lol!
But the season is just starting - lots more will be happening as we morph into June.
My body is a temple. Unfortunately, it's a fixer-upper.