BIRDSONG IN THE AIR

Posted On: Mar 19, 2020   |   Posted By: Karen Casebeer Photography

BIRDSONG IN THE AIR

I stepped out the door one morning this week and heard the welcome music of a favorite bird returning from its winter migratory spot.
A male Red-winged Blackbird was perched on the bare branches of a nearby bush. What a welcome harbinger of spring he was!
He must have been happy to be back because he was really belting out his rich, musical “o-ka-leeee” song. I've seen him on my feeders several times too.
Late that afternoon, I headed out to my favorite farm country. I hoped to see that spring-like changes had happened over the last week. I had my window cracked, and right away, I heard the songs of many Red-winged Blackbirds. This one was on a bush in a favorite swampy area where I see many of these birds perched on tops of cattails.
I also saw several returning Grackles perched atop some fir trees. They aren't my favorite species because they tend to raid my feeders in large numbers and clean them out. But it's spring now, or will be tonight at 11:50 p.m. EDT, so I'm happy to see all the birds.
As I drove...

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