We knew we had found the right place when the first thing we saw here was a hummingbird.
We were even more convinced that we had made a good choice when birdsong replaced our alarm clock. Birds sing and sing and sing here, and make our mornings brighter.
And then a bald eagle cruised our neighborhood, and our new place became a home.
Such a grand welcome to Washington!
The joy of discovery in a new place eases all the stress of traveling, moving swiftly, beginning a new job, unpacking … and makes every single day an adventure.
Our new place is almost in the treetops, and we can’t identify all the birds giving us such a sweet introduction to our new state.
So when a brilliant redhead took over the flowering trees next to our balcony, we dashed for a camera and a bird book. Soon, there was another and then another and then four of these bright yellow birds, appearing to chase less dazzling females.
They stayed only a few hours, performing mating acrobatics in the mid-day sun, and then they were gone. Rain dampened the birdsong for awhile, and our woods were oh-so-quiet, with only the sound of dripping water.
I’m bursting with gratitude in our new home.