In the first bird alert I was a bit optimistic about spring arriving.
However - after this rainy weekend, it looks like we're turning a corner next week.
And this morning's bird arrivals show it. Bobolinks are here - a couple of days early, amazingly. At there rate we've been going, I thought they'd wait until June. At our place in Sugar Hill, they reliably show up on or around Mother's Day. They arrive overnight - last night's bright moon brought them along I'm sure. Hearing their cheerful bubbling song for the first time in the morning is one of the delights of spring.
Walking this morning in the woods I finally heard black-throated blue warblers, wood thrush, and a black and white warbler. There are plenty of ovenbirds, and vireos - our common but easily confused vireos are featured below.
Then late this afternoon as I was hanging out some laundry (I am optimistic) a hummingbird buzzed by my ear. As if to say, get with it! Where's the feeder? I immediately called my neighbor - every spring one or the other us calls to report the first hummer - and we dutifully mix the sugar water and put out the feeder.At our place, the hummingbirds show up when the Virginia bluebells blossom.
Have fun outside!