We are traveling today for a visit to Ireland–a long planned adventure! I just discovered they do not have cardinals. I was looking at a listing of birds in Ireland, and when I saw how many birds I did not recognize at all, that was when I realized that we are going to a very different place. Yes, they have oak trees and beech trees, and so do we. And a few bird species will be familiar. But there will also be whole bunch of different birds. I wonder what the mornings will sound like?