Meet the lovely Phainopepla, a Central American bird who graced a treetop near my backyard. He landed in the middle of the city, as so many other exotic birds do. My neighborhood is a haven for wildlife. His visit was short and welcome. My sharp eyed wife pointed him out to me, and a little research revealed his name – that of the northernmost family of Silky Flycatchers.
Now the cicadas are starting, summer is here. The lizards are busy in the leaves. The evanescent days of summer have begun to march past us.