But first, an important news bulletin: the Rush web site has tour dates up! Current listings run from June through October; the latter month is devoted to European venues. Looks like it’ll be a while before they show up near here ... but damn, Toronto on September 19 would be a terrific near-birthday celebration ... although I’ll admit to a little wistful longing when I saw “Riverbend” leading off the September schedule. Many good times with my brother were had at Riverbend ... 8/26 in Indianapolis, Michael! So it looks like I’ll have plenty of time to save up my pennies.
Now, on to the business at hand: the weather was glorious this past weekend, and I tried to enjoy as much of it as I could. We don’t have any new calves yet – holding at three for over a week now – but the influx of birds has been dramatic. Here’s a list of the more interesting ones that have been spotted: pileated woodpeckers (not a new arrival, though); swifts; loons (just passing through); kingfishers; bluebirds; red-winged blackbirds; sandhill cranes; and whooping cranes. No signs of hummingbirds, orioles, goldfinches, bald eagles, or turkey vultures yet.
Yesterday, the snolfs found several frogs of varying species, as well as a turtle in the creek. We haven’t seen any snakes about, but it’s just a matter of time, as they are abundant here. One can sit outside and practically watch the grass green up ... in fact, that sounds like a very good idea right about now. The ground is too waterlogged for the farmers to be out working the land, so apart from the occasional vehicle driving by, the air is filled with birdsong, breeze whisperings, and creek gurglings.