Orange-crowned in the water
To describe my lifelong fascination with flight and with creatures that fly I like to echo the words of John James Audubon who in 1839 wrote of himself as "...one who never can cease to admire and to study with zeal and the most heartfelt reverence, the wonderful productions of an Almighty Creator."
Today (4-14-14) the female Violet-green Swallow is repeatedly entering the nestbox, apparently planning to use it for nesting this year. Every year when I watch this I wonder if it is the same female from a previous year, one of the young birds that hatched in this box, or a newcomer. But I tend to think it is a bird who has been here before, judging by her seemingly instant familiarity with the neighborhood and the location of the nestbox.