On the Trails: An April scrapbook of little observations

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By Mary F. Willson

Hummingbirds finally appeared at my house toward the end of April; they always seem to show up later here in the upper Mendenhall Valley than elsewhere in Juneau. The first one was a female, who visited the feeder several times, interspersed with wide, insect-catching flights over the pond. Several days later, a male appeared too.

Meanwhile, the red-breasted nuthatches have entertained me nicely. I can see them scurrying up and down the spruce trees just outside the window above my computer. There has been a pair around here for several years, and sometimes I see a couple of their offspring too, as they learn

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