It’s amazing what the birds know that we don’t. A few days ago they arrived en masse, and descended on the feeders and trees, calling and posturing, and feeding in a frenzy. Then they were gone – just before the cold snap hit. Headed north, ahead of the storm, slowly working their way to where they’ll set up territories for the breeding season.
Our neighbourhood is filled with Common Grackles, European Starlings, and Red-winged Blackbirds. The American Goldfinch males are changing into their resplendent yellow plumage, there’s a Carolina Wren singing in our maple, and the Cardinals are pairing up.
It’s happening – spring is near – just listen to the birds.