With the ground still frozen, those juicy earthworms are a few weeks away yet. The robins had to dine on last fall’s choke cherries that never fell off the branch. Better than nothing I guess.
A week later, there were no choke cherries to be seen on any branch in the neighbourhood.
You can imagine my surprise when a couple of beautiful and colourful wood ducks landed in my backyard, on top of my shed. They checked out the area, looking for a suitable nesting spot maybe, then inspected the fence. After 30 minutes of looking around, they flew away. They probably didn’t like the neighbours.
Winter’s cold breath has vanished
Almost (fingers crossed…)
The sun’s warm rays waken nature
Birds flock with urgency to the area
Nesting sites at a premium
We can tell from all the chirping
Buds emerge with radiant colours
Competing with last season’s hanging fruit
That still attract the robins
Before the ground begins to thaw
Liberating earthworms and other bugs
Meanwhile songbirds bring happiness
Warblers warble and song sparrows sing
Singing new life in the neighbourhood
Alas only temporarily
Until they fly north for summer
Where bugs are aplenty
Are you glad this mockingbird did sing… loudly
You won’t have to buy me a diamond ring
Or a looking glass, a billy goat, or a cart and a bull.
No matter what, you’ll always be the sweetest baby in town.
Met this little fella at the Lake Cahuilla end of the Cove to Lake Trail in La Quinta, CA. I was only about 4 feet away and he let me snap to my heart’s content while he was checking something in a nearby bush.