Outside my window, the first ones I have seen this year, birds. Four. Two blue ones and two small brown ones. I am not a birder, so I cannot tell you what they were, I wish I could. Blue ones were blue on top and gray underneath, but lacked the crests of Jays, and the small ones were mottled brown and were on the ground pecking for food. The blue ones were on the trunk of a tree.
I was surprised to see them, for I hadn't missed them. But I am glad they are back. It is two months before the swallows return if they follow their time honored schedule, so these are the early birds of 2006.