Red Headed Stranger

No, this red-headed stranger,

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For the first time this winter, during our recent blast of cold, wet late winter weather, he (or a relative) reappeared.M0035805.new

Welcome back, red-headed stranger.

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While Willie might croon Wild Side of Life, this gardener is going to warble about the wildlife that has visited her gardens in the last month on Wednesday, March 4 in celebration of Wildlife Wednesday.  Please join in, even if you’re not a redhead,

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…and share photos and stories about your wildlife adventures.

The Wildlife Wednesday gardening meme occurs on the first Wednesday of each month and will be next Wednesday, March 4th.