Beautiful sunset over downtown #Orangeville last bight, with four #ChimneySwift twittering overhead. Saw perhaps all four going down into one chimney over five minutes.
 Not quite a bird on a wire #ChimneySwift
Three of the total of five #ChimneySwift above downtown #Orangeville tonight
Saw only 3 #ChimneySwift in downtown #Orangeville tonight. No roost entries unfortunately, but 1 single bird still twittering in the quite dark sky half an hour after sunset.
Erigeron philadelphicus, Philadelphia Fleabane. The sure sign that summer is starting in my back lawn #fav
Very pleased with progress of the Sweet American Chestnuts, the Black Walnuts, and the other fruit & nut trees I helped plant at the #OSAT #CommunityGarden #Orangeville
Yellow Iris
Despite the cold winds and the rains, the summer bloomers are boldly starting up a week earlier than a decade ago #DaysEyes #daisy #phenology #notespiderwebinside
The cold winds and rains have blown out the candles #horsechestnut #flowers
Roadside weed outside of Wiarton
‘Tis the season! #dandelion
Last night’s ‘entertainment’: knife slice of left index finger; 6.5 hours in Emerg; one-armed paper hanger emerged; paid by taxes and ‘free’ for me including reconstructive followup; appreciate our medicare so much! #ONpolitics #Igivemyfingertotaxcuts
Looking for old chimneys with old wide flues that might enable seriously diminished populations of #ChimneySwift to nest #Orangeville
Supporting nesting habitats of #ChimneySwift  in downtown #Orangeville
Listening for the ending of a wonderful piccolo solo by Marcus being supported by other members of the Jason Wilson Band @Soulyve #OBJF
Saw 2 #ChimneySwift enter a chimney #2110h in #Orangeville that I’ve not seen used in the 3 years I’ve been observing in #Orangeville Only saw total of 3 birds tonight. Down from max of 15 three years ago…
The Jason Wilson Band playing a Morris medley, including Lads a Bunchum @Soulyve #OBJF
Done my duty, voting for new ideas and for the long term #ONvote
Horse Chestnut ‘candles’ in full glory! #Orangeville #lateMay #phenology #sunset
French Lilac in all its glory!
The candles are burning brightly this morning! #horsechestnut #flowers
Our best harvest of rhubarb in thirty years! #stewed #cinnamon #cardamom
The candles of Horse Chestnuts today beginning to burst!
Lilacs, ah, the wonderful homey fragrance of lilacs wafting through the room!

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husband, father, retired outdoor education teacher, botanist, Type 2 Diabetes, ... not quite the angel taborer

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