Saturday, March 19, 2011
Redwinged Blackbirds and the end of winter
This morning was amazing!
And so....I walk out to feed the animals and get to be alone, something that does not happen a lot here at the farm.
Incredibly it has snowed in the early morning. It was 50 something yesterday and sunny and today the earth has been covered with white. This is rare. Usually winter winds down in a rather ungraceful fashion. Mounds of dirty snow, lots of mud and beaten down shrubs and grasses. Things that you forgot to put away in the fall begin to appear and the amount of work facing us seems insurmountable.
But this year we have one last beautiful morning, clean and white and filled with warmth and the spring sounds of birds.
The lovely thing is the sound of the birds. Foolish things that they are, they simply continue with their spring songs even though it looks like winter to me.
I am a bird lover and no time is better to listen to them then in the early spring when they are out there looking for their mates. They sing and sing continually and I sometimes am in awe that a lot of people don't notice.
I mean really! The red winged blackbirds arrive each spring and I have a contest with a friend about who hears them first. (we actually get nervous when we hear them....the winter is over and we will be crazy busy until December) They were here this year on March 12th and now are in full voice up in the trees. Hundreds of them!
How can you not notice? It is deafening once you let yourself listen.
Enough....I am going to prepare for this evening's dusk performance of the American Woodcock! I love this bird! He flies up in the sky at dusk and does a dance to entice his mate and the sound is truly the sound of spring.
My favorite new website is http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/American_Woodcock/sounds If you click on this you will hear the Woodcock and if you search the site you can learn to identify a lot of other songs.