The grackles and starlings have been flying overhead, in large, noisy flocks. When I kept the bird feeder full through the springtime, we used to get an awful lot of birds nesting nearby, eating at the feeder and screeching their calls and birdsong in ways which were no longer charming. Now, the feeder is empty and most of the grackles and starlings move on. It's not nearly as loud here in the mornings anymore and it costs a whole lot less in bird feed as well.
The Siberian Irises are blooming. What a tiny but vibrant flower! There are these lighter violet colours with the yellow markings and a dark purple with white markings. They are only a few inches tall but such a fancy little package they are!