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Or maybe the angle of the sun. It surely isn't the temperature here (below freezing at 5 am) which made every local bird wake up this morning and begin singing or twittering his territorial song for the first time this year.
I heard Robin, Tufted Titmouse, Chickadee, Carolina Wren, Cardinal, and Song Sparrow singing. Most migratory breeders won't be here until the buds pop open, and the tree buds aren't even swollen yet.
Today was really just a warm-up for the welcome Springtime morning chorus to come. It will last the next 6 weeks or so. Once their eggs are laid, they tend to go quiet so as not to attract attention.
Same species are also active here (northern neck, VA) early in AM but generally only after first light. Have also heard pair of Barred Owls past few evenings/nights. Our Carolina Wrens are particularly LOUD. When it was warm last week (& windows were open) we heard the "peeper" frogs at night; such a soothing way to drop off...
Boy and I marveled at the orchestral maneuvers in the early morning light today. Mother and I saw several flocks of geese overhead this morning, looking for open water, perhaps? Also, the woodpecker in the wood was hitting on a particularly large, hollow tree, filling the morning with a pleasant sort of jackhammering during our morning constitutional.
BD, Do you get any blue birds? I don't know if its my location, or what, but I get lots of them every day. Started in February and still have them. Last winter I had them from January till March. I have been very lucky. My neighbors don't get them at all. Only a stones throw seperate our feeders. Any thoughts?
Can't ID a single bird song but I do know they've picked up their activity over the last few morning walks. And it is starting to smell of spring. Next comes the look of the trees and other foliage. It's starting to feel a lot like springtime.
I love the changing of the seasons, especially winter to spring and summer to autumn.
I lived for a while out in CO where spring and autumn lasted about 18 hours each. I didn't care much for that. Of course when deep into a nice, long summer I didn't think about it.