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These have been trickling in pretty steadily since March but I think it’s time to officially kick off the season. A reader writes:

“Saw this beauty on Capitol Hill yesterday near the Northeast Neighborhood Library. Not a record, I’m sure, but pretty impressive.”

Stay tuned for the elusive August specimens that occasionally pop up but in the meantime if you see a good one, send an email to [email protected] with the location where you saw it. Thanks!

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A reader reports:

“This house is at the corner of 4th and R NW and has been vacant for a year or so, and the porch is often occupied by squatters. A development group bought it a few months ago and I guess are in the “discovery” phase of planning. A couple weeks ago, we woke up to find this inventive structure. For a moment we thought some resourceful squatters built a home, but then thought “who has doors to spare?” The developer’s squatter barricade has been an effective defense so far.”