Sunday, February 26, 2012

The Red-Wings are back !!

I'm happy to report,


The Snowdrops are up and,
compared to last year, they seem to be several weeks early.

The mild weather is also luring a lot of birds,
Cardinals and snowbirds are everywhere
and
Robins never left.
Occasionally, one might even spot an exotic.

But the most noteworthy sighting is the return of
the Red-winged Blackbird on Feb. 21st.

They are one of the most abundant native birds
in North America.
A highly polygynous species,
meaning males have many female mates/nests.
Their early arrival and tumbling song are
happy indications of the return of spring.
I say this is a cause for celebration !

Before you know it, Tulips will be in bloom
and Spring will be in the air.