Sunday Morning Surprise! A sign of Spring?

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.


About Art Brûlant

Artist and Coffee Roaster who likes the outdoors, cycling and fly fishing and also operates "Art Brûlant" a coffee place with space for Art.
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