First things first.
I am very grateful to a couple readers who have enriched my life with new books and … a good thermos!
PP of CA was very kind and found a thermos on my amazon wish list. This is extremely useful for me here at the Sabine Farm, and will be so during driving trips. I am rather like the Chinese, who like to keep hot water on demand around the place. Thanks!
I received from someone, I don’t know who, The Devastated Vineyard by Dietrich von Hildebrand. Most of the time, there is an invoice which says who sent the item. Sometimes there is not. So, this is my way of thanking you.
Some work goes into keeping the place look good and be fruitful. The apple trees are being sprayed to reduce both apple scab and also to reduce parasites. This is being a responsible neighbor, as well!
Now… there is a new discovery at the Sabine Farm.
"Wow, Father… that’s really interesting. I see a blob on that branch in the upper right. Big deal!"
Yes… big deal. But blob on the branch on the upper right, which is a Robin, is not the point.
Look more closely.
In the middle.
See him? See him?
I was coming back to the house from my work out and saw an enormous bird winging it toward the creek.
I got my camera and went out and followed in the direction of the flight. Finally, after some serious stalking, I got at least this photo.
"But Father! But Father! What are we looking at?" I don’t see anything.
This is the best I was able to get, but I will be watching closely in the days to come.
This is Dryocopus pileatus, Mr. Pileated Woodpecker, the most spectacular of Family Picidae.
He stands almost 20 inches high.
I am pretty sure this is the Pileated, rather than the very rare Ivory-Billed.
I have only seen this bird once in my life, many years ago.
The camera will be at hand when I go out.