Archive for March 1st, 2011

Song of Spring

Courting cardinals

It must be love

There are three things I look for every year that herald’s the coming of spring – a chorus of spring peepers, a singing cardinal, and the phoebe’s arrival. Sometimes they occur in that order, sometimes you have to wait a bit for the peepers.

It was a crisp and cold walk this morning from the car to the office, with blue sky and barely a breeze.  Right on cue, I heard my first song of spring – a male cardinal singing his heart out by McKamley Chapel.  It happens like that every spring.  Always on a brilliant blue morning, I hear my first cardinal of spring at the same spot, same tree.

I’ll have to wait awhile for the first phoebe.  Usually they wake me up on a sunny (weekend) morning in April declaring they have returned to raise another family.  In the meantime, I’ll just have to enjoy the cardinals song.


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