Not so magically, the brush pile is gone, and in its place is a big pile of mulch. I took the day off and my SO came over (with breakfast) and we spent a good part of the day in my neighbor's truck.
While we were in the vicinity of the biosolids location, we stopped at Franz Nursery. I came away with two 'Wichita' blue junipers (Juniperus scopulorum) to help protect the west side of the house from the weather,
a 'Limelight' hydrangea (Hydrangea paniculata 'Limelight') for the shady corner north of the West Wing,
two 'Big Daddy' hostas to keep the hydrangea company,
and four wintergreen holly bushes (Ilex x meserveae 'Blue Princess' and 'Blue Prince') to provide an understory to the arborvitae.
I also wanted a Prairie Fire crabapple and some redbuds, but I am put off by the prices. I am willing to order smaller (cheaper) trees online, so maybe I will do that.
The mystery of the perch in the bottle bird house is solved:
My SO confessed. Still no residents.
My new camera is pretty smart, so I took some pix on a windy day, to see if it could steady the subjects. The results below are very satisfactory.
My only complaint about the camera is it feels too small in my hand, but I expect I will get used to that.