This morning, for the first time since last June, there was almost constant birdsong during my walk.
Cardinals were leading the songsters:
Red-winged Blackbirds, newly arrived, were also vocal:
In 3rd place were American Tree Sparrows. Around the time that Red-winged Blackbirds arrive, Tree Sparrows start thinking about heading northward to their tundra breeding grounds.
A few Gulls called from the skies above:
The next singers, due any day, should be the Song Sparrows.
Other birds today:
Here are some sights from my July 2020 walk here:
Have you seen these Miles? Well worth the fare.
It's a year almost that I have not seen her: Oh, last summer green things were greener, Brambles fewer, the blue sky bluer. It's surely summer, for there's a swallow: Come one swallow, his mate will follow, The bird race quicken and wheel and thicken. Oh happy swallow whose mate will follow O'er height, o'er hollow! I'd be a swallow, To build this weather one nest together. - Christina Rossetti
The cardinal’s song
A flit of red
What could be wrong?
However we are coming along
One vaccine at a time.
We will stay strong
With the help of nature
And Mile’s photos, it won’t be long.
You are so right about the song sparrows. Had my first one yesterday morning in High Park. Hadn’t realized it was such an early migrant. My silver lining vis a vis the pandemic is that I bird every week so am learning so much about migration. With the help of you posts of course!!!
Debi! Such wonderful poetry, and so “right on”! I loved it!
Beautiful subway art at Chester Station. I can’t wait to see it some day!
And yes–the song birds are coming back, spring is in the air, I saw crocuses coming up in the neighbourhood–it’s simply delightful! Thank you, too, Miles, for reminding us of the greenery and flowers to come, I can’t wait! Beautiful, that Pickering walk–ah yes, Cardinals, Red-wing Blackbirds and…Song Sparrows (not to overlook the Tree Sparrows, Gulls, etc. pictured here as well)! Thanks, Miles!