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By Tom Seymour | May 10, 2019


It was 2006, as I recall. That was the summer that it rained for weeks on end with no letup. Crops failed and woodstoves ran year-round. This spring has the earmarks of that cold, lifeless summer, an unsettling thought for those who long for warm weather and a “normal” spring and summer. Let’s hope that the Jet Stream, the culprit behind such things, takes a hike to the north, allowing warm air from the south to filter in.

Next, town dirt roads were graded last week but unfortunately, remnants of potholes remained and now, after a soaking rain, our roads are once again filled with front-end-destroying holes. The solution is to completely remove the potholes by cutting under them, but that didn’t happen. Oh, well, life in the slow lane.

Cribbage call

Does anyone love the game of cribbage but can’t find anyone to play the game with? Here’s a chance to form a group dedicated to cribbage. Lee Kragh is looking for people interested in playing cribbage one day a week through the summer. Interested people can call Lee at 480-310-5608.

Under the feeder

I got a call last week from a reader who had seen yellow-rumped warblers at her suet feeder. These birds don’t ordinarily take to suet, but lingering cold must have kept insects at bay, thus the need for these pretty little birds to find a calorie source elsewhere. Also, the same caller reports seeing the first rose-breasted grosbeak of the year.

As for me, I never saw so many different sparrows in one place. At any given time, I have song sparrows, white-throated sparrows and chipping sparrows hopping around and pecking the seed mixture I leave out.

Also, woodpeckers are active at the suet feeder and surprisingly, a pileated woodpecker was pecking the ground beneath the feeder.

Finally, a black-and-white warbler sat for a while in my flowering crabapple tree.

Perchin’ prediction

Salmon and even togue continue to bite near the surface, perfect for trolling with classic streamer flies. Trout in streams are biting too, so for me, all is well in heaven and on earth. This is what I dream of all year.

Weekly quote

“I am not a gardener or farmer, but a wanderer in remote places and byways.” — Euell Gibbons


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