The annual explosion of chipping sparrows is officially "on." There are 11 in the photo to the left (click for large view,) but I counted 20 altogether this morning. There was also a blue jay & a female cardinal out there at one point, but they're "regulars." I saw a brown rat amongst the bird seed the other day, as well. The last we'd seen of mama rat or her 2 babies was before Hurricane Gustav.
The other day Charles & I were fortunate enough to meet Marvin (a fellow blogger,) & his wife (who makes wonderful pottery,) at the Three Rivers Art Festival. Unfortunately I'd forgotten my camera (again,) & there wasn't time or energy to introduce them to some of the local hiking areas, but I'm glad we had the opportunity to meet, nonetheless.