It seems that the earliest bird I hear singing every January is the House Finch. Cardinals often begin their whistles around the same time.
House Finches originated in southwestern North America as you can determine by their scientific name: Haemorhous mexicanus
They were sold for a time in New York pet shops under the name “Hollywood Finch” due to the pink colouring of the males.
Eventually some escaped and gradually spread to other areas. I had my first in Toronto in the early 1980’s.
They often associate with House Sparrows as they were on this day:
I walked by the Credit River today:
The area here near Derry Road has many, many streets full of upscale suburban homes.
It was a surprise to suddenly come upon the former village of Meadowvale encircled in modernity.
If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant: if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome. – Anne Bradstreet