I knew there had to be a reason I was so spring obsessed this year.
Yes, I'm a gardener. Have been forever.
Yes, I love spring. But I'm not usually this obsessed in February.
I think in my heart and soul I just knew it was going to be an early spring. Perhaps because of the crazy winter.
The Irish would say, "I felt it in my water." Don't ask.
But now I have proof. Because they're back.
"Who?" you ask.....
Why, the Red Winged Blackbirds, of course - who else?
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I didn't want to get out of bed. I felt so sleepy and it was so warm and cozy in my comfy bed.
The snow was falling gently outside my bedroom window and I could hear the horses in their paddock next door.
I reluctantly dragged my tired butt out of bed and started my day.
When I opened the kitchen door to let the pups out I heard a new birdsong.
Now, granted, I've told you before that the birdsong was changing. I wasn't sure if the regular winter visitors were mating or if there were new birds arriving. I'm not that adept at bird calls.
But today there was an entirely new bird call. And I kept looking up at the blue-jay in the tree outside the kitchen door and watching to see if I could figure out if he was making the sound.
But it just didn't jive. It wasn't a blue-jay kind of sound. Those of you who feed the birds know just what I'm talking about.
And it was cold. Close the door already!
I sat down with my coffee and my iPad and checked in with the world. Yup, still there.
Time to shower and get ready for work.
Wait...what's that in the Sumac tree?
About 20 Red Winged Blackbirds silhouetted against the morning sky. A glorious sight!
Oh my word....grab the camera!! Quick!
Drat they're gone! Not quick enough!!
I grabbed my coffee and plopped myself at the dining room table with the camera, eyes glued to the feeders.
As you would, you know. When you're crazy.
It was a busy morning - the critters put on a good show. I love starting my day like this!
There was a gentle snowfall and some intermittent sun. It was truly a lovely morning.
Made even more beautiful by the arrival of the first heralds of spring.
Welcome home. Nice to have you back.
I've missed you.