Unbelievable! Julie just walked past me, headed out to shut her greenhouse door. She left my sliding door open and the next thing we heard sent us into leaping into an impromptu dance across the lawn. A whip-poor-will called about 10 times from our orchard! This seems very early to me, but I'll have to check our nature notes (yep, normal arrival date according to Zick is 4/21. That's 10 days early.). He JUST got in tonight, like five minutes ago.
Whips nest here on our farm, but their spring appearance is usually timed to coincide with the emergence of the larger moths--the whips' main food. Here's hoping we don't have any late snow or freezing rain in the next few weeks. Nothing but happy goatsucker weather from here onward.
Wow! Sleeping with the windows open tonight....