I have been leaving Guster the hound behind the last two days, which gives me more freedom to wander, since I usually have to keep half an eye on him so he won't bolt back to the street and start baying at the world at 6AM.
Following the song of a bird, I went into a little apple orchard away from the dog zone of our yard. It sang a rising twee - twee, usually 2, occasionally three in succession. Then I found him! It was a tufted bird, and I think it must have been a titmouse, but none of the tufted titmouse songs I find on line match. They do have a lot of songs, however, so it may just be a different one.
In any case, now there's another back yard bird whom I can recognize by its song.
Really cute bird. And I love the name. Sounds like a Beatrix Potter character, or a creature from the Narnia series. Or you can just remember how you used to giggle about it when you were little.
The sky was all cloud cover this morning, which can be quite beautiful. My camera does not do it justice, however. I did try lying down on the ground to get a picture of a skeletel tree against the gray sky, but as you can see, my four footed companion took it as an invitation:
The last thing I did was to pick some old winter apples and bring them to Heidi and Pepper, our nubian goats who will be leaving us tomorrow after eight years. They have a great home to go to, with lots of other animals. J. and I are sad to see them go. The barn will feel empty, and all those delicious fruit and vegetable scraps will just have to go to compost!
I'll get a farewell picture of them tomorrow.