The wild black cherries were just beginning to ripen when the tree came down two weeks ago.The day it fell was sunny, hot and still, rain fell overnight and the next day was drizzly and cool. We could use a little of that cool now. Now that all the trees have been removed or groomed, bring on the storms.
I know all the birds will miss this tree—the berries for the next month as they ripened, providing moisture and food in the hottest month and as birds began to migrate, the woodpeckers in winter hammered away at the bark top to bottom, crows gathered at the top, and the hawk regularly perched there to observe the yard and the neighborhood. And most years there was a Baltimore oriole nest hanging at the end of a branch somewhere. I know I heard them this year, but I hadn’t yet found the nest. Their sounds have been absent since then, but I think the littles would have fledged before the tree fell.. . . . . . .
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