Yesterday, while I was outside admiring the flowers, a downy woodpecker came to visit the feeders It flew almost directly at me, only to swerve aside at the end. I found a place to sit down at a distance and held still. Downy woodpeckers are bold, so it only took a half minute before it flew out of the bush and onto the suet feeder. I watched it eat for a while, but I was also looking up at the whitening buds on the plum tree.
Today I was out cutting down last year’s aster and coneflower stalk to get a better view of the plum. Bumblebees are scouting the yard; two of them practically butted heads. A paper wasp also seems to be looking for a good location. I think there might be a brown Early Miner bee or two, but I haven’t gotten close enough to confirm. Maybe when the plum tree blossoms, they’ll come foraging.
That plum tree is going to be amazing, I can see it already.