I can’t call myself an ardent “spring watcher”. Unlike those I know who start counting the days ’till spring as soon as we turn over the Winter Solstice – December 21st, I don’t really pay much attention to these things until the days become noticeably longer and warmer. When the birds start arriving then my “watching for signs of spring” does become a little more intense.
On Sunday morning at the bird feeder we spotted eight Red-Wing Blackbirds. With about 60cm of snow in the fields and over night lows dipping to -15c (tonight the predicted low is -23c) this arrival of one of the early harbingers of spring came as real surprise. So we were wondering:
- Are they really here as some intrepid explorers testing out the more northerly areas in order to get a jump on other birds, or
- Did the high winds we had for the preceding two days blow them of course
If it is the former I bid you welcome and all power to you. Stay warm. If the later, you poor buggers! I sincerely hope you can find some warmth and shelter and then make it back to warmer spaces.