Friday Feathers and Fowl

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


Filed under backyard wildlife, F-F-Friday, Little Bits of Nothingness

5 responses to “Friday Feathers and Fowl

  1. Spring is not such a big deal here in terms of birdies, although there are probably a few through-travelers, and maybe even some returnees.

    We have a lot of wading birds, buzzards, and raptors, but not so many songbirds.

    Mostly spring is when the plants (grass, shrubs, etc.) are no longer dormant, and no more freezes are going to make taking care of them a chore.

    This winter we had a longer spell of consecutive freezing days than I can remember, and those shrubs vulnerable to frost damage really took a hit. We are going to have to re-landscape with hardier plants. A lot of work ripping out the wimps and planting hardier stock is getting started.

  2. I’ve heard some of the tweety-singy birds this far north, too! It’s a sure sign of spring! :-)

  3. I love hearing the birds, too, and have been so enjoying the return of winged life. I don’t trust March at ALL, so while I hope this IS Spring, I am not counting on it. Every time a late March snow storm comes along – and they always do – I will be hoping the small feathered being haven’t returned too early and are going to be okay…

  4. One of Bowyer’s colleagues in his high school’s science department is a HUGE ornithology geek. You should meet him. I’m sure he could give you and Beanie a boatload of info and websites and such to get even more.

  5. Laurie B

    Birds are oohing and cooing and singing sweet songs here too.

    We’ve been away for a bit but had time ths morning at the Wild Center in Tupper Lake, NY. What a wonderful “hands on” museum of natural history for the Adirondack region. If you have kids (or not) and are anywhere near Tupper Lake, please go visit them.

    Otherwise March has been taking it’s toll for us and our chosen family. Between us, three of our aged parents have passed and a very dear friend has fallen off a ladder and has lived long enough to get to a rehab hospital. I’m really ready for March to be over.

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