Here are few observations of things happening in my neighborhood at the end of may.
The Hazelnuts are forming up, not ripe yet but getting there. There are a lot of these in Cooper's Grove, and not a lot of squirrels. This combination means that some of these may be available to humans when they are fully ripe. The competition with squirrels is often intense, but I'm hoping to gather a small harvest in a few weeks.
The nesting pair of Kites that has appeared near the house each of the past three springs have apparently moved on. They showed up in late February and hunted from the same perches they used last year in a pair of Oaks, about 100 feet from each other, in a field that I believe is on the Yoffi Farm property and that is rarely visited by humans.
I took this photo from at least 200 yards away, just before the Kite dropped onto some prey. I am awestruck by the amazing beauty of these birds.
Amos Clifford, Guide and Restorative Council Mentor; trainer in restorative justice, restorative dialogue with nature, and circle-keeping and the way of council; mentor.