Eastern phoebes are grayish birds with dark heads, smaller than robins. They winter in the southern U.S. and Mexico and some of them summer at Russell’s Rustic Retreat, or the RRR, as I like to call it. This is the fifth spring that I’ve been fortunate enough to welcome my summer guests. The first spring, when the snow melted, revealing a barren wasteland of mowed grace, I attended a weekend workshop put on by the local Arboretum and devoted entirely to establishing and promoting habitat for birds. As beautiful as my property was, the part closest to the house was more suitable for a golf course, than sustaining birds and other wildlife.
I love everything you write. It's beautiful!