We have a teacher workshop today, which means that the girls are out of school and Mommy (who’s a teacher and, therefore, has to go to a workshop) gets to sleep in (the workshop part of my day doesn’t start until about 9:30).
Beanie came to join me for a little lazing about this morning, and our chatting brought us to birds. I judge the progression of springtime not by the calendar but by the buds on the trees and the sounds in the air. This morning was the first that I’ve heard “tweety” birds chorusing with the “squawky” birds. Nothing that overwinters here tweets – they all yell; crows, seagulls, blue jays, that sort of thing, so the arrival of tweety sort of birds is something we notice. Just yesterday, in fact, I heard my first mourning dove of the season (one is cooing outside the window right now, in fact) and, mixed in with the complaints of the blue jays is something making little chirping sounds.
Bean and I found this site this morning, and spent a little bit of time identifying some of the critters that make noises in our yards. I love that the site has audio files of the creatures; we were able to hear what they sound like (as we very rarely SEE what’s making the noises we hear, though, it was a little bit of a clumsy search). We determined that these little guys are regular visitors to our yard, and these are all over the place in spring (go ahead and click on the links; you can listen to their sounds from there).
It was lovely to spend part of the morning with the window cracked open, listening to birds. Here’s hoping that this isn’t just a teaser of spring, but that it’s really and truly here!
A Black Capped Chickadee, image from enature.com