One of the surest signs of spring is the new birdsong that we hear in the morning. Like lilting lifting music it pulls out of bed and on to the patio with a cup of hot coffee. Close eyes and listen.
Warblers, vireos, finches…
For a prairie boy though it is the warbling song of the Red Winged Blackbird ( Agelaius phoeniceus ) carrying me back to carefree times on the marshes and byways of my youth. More than once these fiercely territorial birds took offence to my bike (couldn’t have been me.)
Harbingers of spring. It will lay two or three eggs takingÂ ten to twelve days to hatch.