I just got back from a lovely walk with my dog Cora (cover model for What a Dog Knows). We ventured down one of our favorite woodland paths. The chickadees were playful, nuthatches were doing their upside down gymnastics on tree trunks and the occasional blue jay made his presence known. Earlier today, out at the farm where I keep my mare, four wild turkeys, two mallards, a virtuoso mockingbird and our guinea hens were all in attendance. And those were just the birds I could see. I have an app (Merlin from the Cornell Ornithology department) that lets me identify birds by the sounds they make. This has been a game changer for me…I may not have identified by sight a Brown Creeper, but now I know what one sounds like. Is there anything in the world more a signature of spring than the resurgence of avian voices–each calling to each? Best of all, our local harbinger of spring (and tourist season), the osprey, are back from their South American off season, kiting high above the water, piping their distinctive hunting calls.
I think we can declare it officially Spring. Enjoy the blessings of the season– and get outside!