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By Sadie Lloyd Mudge | Apr 16, 2021
Photo by: Sadie Lloyd Mudge Red elder on East Waldo Road.

Hello Waldo!

I have appreciated the updates The Republican Journal has provided about the state of Waldo roads. Hopefully we will get an update from town officials soon. Here on the East Waldo Road the grader came in again and it has definitely made a big difference. It still looks like the straightaway near the town line needs a top coat of gravel but at least it is passable. We certainly don’t have the issues the other dirt roads here have though, with the bottom of the road washing out.

What a difference it makes having spring come at the beginning of April, just when winter really starts to weigh down on us. Some years it doesn’t seem to warm up until mid or late May. Are you getting a head start on your garden, too? I can’t believe the lilac leaf buds are already starting to open up, and the red elderberries (sambucus racemosa) have blooms coming. It feels like we are due a nice early spring like this. Our tulips are about to push their blossoms up and I am excited for it!

I recently said to my husband that I was ready to see some new birds and a few days later our lawn was full of northern flickers. My parents in Brooks had them, too. They stuck around for more than a day. I recently added the ebird app to my phone; if you report birds you see, it helps the Cornell Lab of Ornithology track bird populations and update their Merlin bird id app.

Have you ever seen northern flickers? They have a beautiful light blue color on their necks, especially striking next to the red spot on the back of their necks. The bird’s black dots over the gold-looking feathers make for one fashion-forward bird. We keep binoculars by the window so we can regularly get a close-up look of both new birds and our seasonal favorites.

What’s going on in your neck of Waldo? Email me and let me know!


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