We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Despite snow today, we are headed towards early Spring. Northward migrating blackbirds have been passing through - Grackles, Cowbirds, and Redwings. Song Sparrows, scarce in winter, are back. Geese overhead all the time - Snows, Brant, and Canadas moving north from the Atlantic coast. Large flocks of Robins too.
Seen any migrants where you live? (birds, I mean)
(Off topic but re Spring: Snow Peas: St. Paddy's Day is coming. That's when we plant Snow Peas around here, regardless of weather. I have planted them in frozen earth and they still come up.)
Red Winged Blackbirds mark the start of Spring here in the Midwest (Chicago 'burbs). Spotted the first ones this week. Loaded up the feeders with cracked corn and spread some on the ground for the incoming Mallards as well.
Here in Phx I saw two frisky Gila Woodpeckers in the back yard this am. But they don't migrate. It's definitely Spring though. It's been hot for three weeks. 10 degrees over average. What happened to our promised El Nino?
I heard a racket I the garden the other day, looked out and saw a flock of Cedar Waxwings in the birdbath/waterfall. They were going crazy splashing around. They made a real mess eating the berries off the wax leaf ligustrum. Blue poop everywhere. They were gone as quickly as they had arrived. They are gorgeous little birds. We are in Central Texas and have only had one light freeze this winter, I planted tomatoes today.
Robins and Bluebirds are back, here in Pa. 30 or so miles N.W of Philly. Tree Swallows aren't here yet, when they show up, the "Battle of the Birdhouses" begin, Bluebirds usually lose. But, we have lots of birdhouses. English sparrows and Starlings get high velocity pellets. Open season here in Pa. all year on those little rascals.
Saw a huge flock of snow geese a couple of weeks ago [thousands of birds]. A first for me. They were following the Eel River in central Indiana and stopping to snack in the cornfields along the way. Quite a sight with both morphs well represented. We live pretty close to a restored marsh bird refuge and have been seeing [and hearing] the sandhills and rare whooping crane go over for a few weeks now. They're early this year.