BROWN-HEADED COWBIRDS — male and female — feeding on mixed seeds in the front yard. RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD flew in to join them just before they all flew off. Bob just saw a PHOEBE in the back woods. He also noticed one a few days ago. FOX SPARROW still here. The ARBUTUS I’ve been watching is growing out of shallow soil on a rock near the base of the rotting stump. There is no litter directly on top of the plant, but it’s surrounded by rotting wood, moss, and lichens. The leaves feel like fine sandpaper. I heard a PHOEBE this afternoon.