Sounds of Spring

Have you noticed the birds singing more in the mornings? I’m ambivalent about this particular sign of spring. On the one hand, I love the sound of birds singing —

“Cheerily, cheer up, cheer up, cheerily, cheer up” orconk-la-ree!”

On the other hand, I’m a late sleeper and they interrupt my peaceful slumber. But I can deal with it. The birds always get me up and outside, which is a good thing.

Just passing through....During a walk in the woods last week, I thought I heard a red-winged blackbird but couldn’t be sure. But this morning there was definitely one in our yard. I only heard one brief call, so he was probably just passing through. But I’m thrilled to have confirmation that spring is truly that near!

I’m watching robins eating berries in the yard right now too, but lots of robins stay here all winter, so that’s not always a reliable sign of spring for me. The red-winged blackbirds do it for me. I’m ready to start looking for warblers!

Are you planning to participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count? (I wrote about it here if you need details.) It starts tomorrow, so get your counting sheets ready and get outdoors this weekend. That’s where I’ll be!

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