It seemed rather strange. Honestly, it was as if the birds were on cue that this was the morning they were to provide a signal to all that would see. The subtle sign would announce that seasonal change is about to begin. No these weren’t the Downy, Hairy, Yellow-bellied or Pileated woodpeckers that had frequented our stump pile and trees all winter. It wasn’t even the friendly little group of chickadees or the gymnastic nuthatches although all of the above were present. No, this morning started out with a splash of color. First the pair of House finches we had seen earlier in the week were fluttering about as life and movement first appeared in the morning light. They dwelt around the bird feeder and nearby trees for quite some time and gave the distinct impression that they were starting on the process of house hunting. Then along came a splash of red in the form of a bold Northern Cardinal who boisterously took charge of the bird feeders. After strutting around and eating his fill he followed up with a lengthy melody of his best tweet-tweet-tweet-tweet-churrr-churrrr music. It was as if he was announcing to all that this was going to be his turf. What a humorous but welcome sight to our eyes and ears. I’m sure there are still going to be a number of cold days ahead plus a few more inches of snow to remove from the driveway. Still this splash of color and sudden burst of activity tells me that things are changing. The suns warmth is getting stronger, more forms of winged color will soon be flying in and winter will be in an irreversible state of demise.
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