This is embarrassing. I told my family that I'd apply some weed-n-feed stuff to our lawn this spring. I have a spreader and everything. I didn't do a good job.
Do you see the stripes? :-(
A walk this morning revealed that there are other striped and spotted lawns in the neighborhood, so I won't be shunned, I don't think.
At the old house, I only used organic stuff, WOW Plus, which was not very effective so it didn't stripe a lawn. I thought I'd start out with a dose of the chemical stuff here; maybe I'll switch back to organic--more forgiving!
In the back lawn, which hasn't been striped, this bird was hopping around.
At least I think it was this bird, a Swainson's Thrush. It's one of those thrushes on that page of the Peterson's guide! Not the wood thrush, who's bigger and reddish, but one of the other three. I thought it might be a Swainson's as it has a yellowish cheek.
I love thrushes, the way they run along the lawn and stop, run and stop. I like to watch them turn over the leaves looking for bugs. They're all over our neighborhood, and the common yellowstarts are singing up in the branches where they can't be seen!