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It's a bit breezy and cool outside today, although it is still warm enough to melt more snow. We got up early to grocery shop in an effort to beat the crowds, and on the way home we saw one of my favorite avian locals - a pileated woodpecker. It was beautiful with that shocking red-crested head standing out against all of the brown and white that is so abundant this time of year. Last week we spotted a small raft of common mergansers in a marshy area that is currently full of water. We've been enjoying more of our feathered friends in the back yard as well now that the grass is again visible. Watching and listening to the cardinals, blue jays, chic-a-dee-dee-dees and red-winged black birds just makes me happy. Of course, Penny delights in their visits too. Here's a quick YouTube video I found of the species of woodpecker we saw this morning. Enjoy!