Letter: Odd grasses and busy bird bath as summer begins

Posted 7/1/20

To the editor:

As I stroll through the back 40 in the late afternoons I don’t wonder that so many people are miserable with allergy attacks.

I have spotted at least three different …

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Letter: Odd grasses and busy bird bath as summer begins

Posted

To the editor:

As I stroll through the back 40 in the late afternoons I don’t wonder that so many people are miserable with allergy attacks.

I have spotted at least three different grasses – a low fluffy one, a tall one which already has seeds resembling wheat which means its pollen has already been spread, and my favorite – a very tall one that looks like a miniature green bulrush. It doesn’t seem to have seeds, but is covered with little quarter inch pink logs. I have no idea if these are seeds and don’t plan to learn anything about them or other grasses, any more than I plan to learn about mosses or warblers.

I am sure I have mentioned my continuous flow bird bath.This year we are filling it to the top and I am seeing red-winged blackbirds for the first time. The males really seem to like splashing around and sometimes they puff up their red patch as big as a golf ball.

As I really enjoy spending my extra time watching, I now know a lot of useless facts, but will give you only one. Although robins splash out the water and won’t let in any other large birds, they stand aloof when the Baltimore and orchard orioles claim priority.

At last lovely summer is here but dare I make a small request? A little more rain please.

Sidney Tynan

Little Compton

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