watching for spring birds
They are finally arriving! Last year I saw bluebirds in the meadow by the gardens on April 11, so I'm watching for flashes of blue.
The birds I saw yesterday include a few spring migrants and a lot of NE residents: white-crowned sparrow, eastern phoebe, red-winged blackbirds, lots of American robins, one lonely cold tree swallow, chickadees, nuthatch, downy woodpecker, ring-necked pheasant (no visual), starlings, and blue jays.
The fields and woods are still bare and brown. But if you look close, small grass shoots are coming up, leaf buds are ready to pop. As I wrote a few weeks later last year, "Once it starts, spring comes fast". Today will be 60*F! and I bet this will move things along.
garden birds (Hortus Aves)