This year

we have two gorgeous

yellow warblers nesting in the

honeysuckle bush. The other day I stuck

my head in the bush. The nestlings weigh one-twentieth

of an ounce, about the size of a honeybee. We stared

at each other, startled by our existence.

In a month or so, when they reach

the size of bumblebees they’ll

fly to Costa Rica without

a map.


the late & decidedly great

Jim Harrison